WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research and innovation institution that creates, advances and translates scientific research on aquatic food systems into scalable solutions with transformational impact on human well-being and the environment.

Through research and innovation, we strive to harness the transformative power of aquatic foods. Whether caught in oceans, lakes and rivers or sustainably farmed, aquatic foods release less carbon than land-based crops and livestock. Packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, aquatic foods are healthy for people and the planet.

Aquatic foods are central to the livelihoods and nutrition and food security of more than 800 million people in developing countries, particularly those vulnerable to climate change, poverty, conflict and humanitarian emergencies. Alongside land crops and livestock, aquatic foods are a significant part of the equation for food systems transformation toward healthy and sustainable diets within our planetary boundaries.

WorldFish’s aquatic foods research program is key to achieving Zero Hunger and the other UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific  our work is embedded in multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral partnerships, our research data, evidence and insights shape better practices, policies and investment decisions for sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries. 

WorldFish is the only center in One CGIAR—the world’s largest agricultural network—with over 45 years of experience in aquatic food systems research in low-and middle-income countries.

Research programs

Enable sustainable increases in livelihoods from aquaculture production without creating adverse socio-economic or environmental impacts.
Increase the availability, access and consumption of nutrient-rich, safe fish, especially for women of reproductive age, infants and young children.
Secure and enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries (SSF) to poverty reduction and food security in priority geographies.

Cross-cutting themes

How can youth be engaged in fisheries and aquaculture value chains, and how can they help diffuse innovative ideas and knowledge within households?
How can enabling women’s access to productive assets and resources help boost agricultural production and reduce poverty and hunger?
How will climate change affect fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries, and how can adaptive capacity be built?

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