Fish is the most important animal-source food in the diets of Sierra Leoneans, with fish providing about 80% of animal protein intake. Yet the country, which ranked 181 out of 188 countries in the 2014 Human Development Index, suffers from food insecurity and malnutrition, with 22% of the population undernourished. This project scales up appropriate intervention strategies—identified during the project’s initial 15-month pilot research—to boost aquaculture production in Tonkolili district, one of the poorest and nutrition-insecure regions in the country, with a 25% childhood stunting rate. The project is part of the CGIAR Research Program on FISH.

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