WorldFish accomplishes its research through more than 160 donor-funded projects that are part of the CGIAR Research Programs.

The Aquaculture: Increasing Income, diversifying diets and empowering women in Bangladesh and Nigeria project aims to enhance the incomes, diets and nutrition of smallholder families. The project embeds proven technologies in Bangladesh by harnessing public and private sector products and services to increase the productivity of smallholder aquaculture systems and conducts research in Nigeria on the role and potential of aquaculture to achieve national development goals and fill critical knowledge gaps. 

Although about 43% of the African continent is considered arid and water-poor, it supports the livelihoods of nearly 485 million people. This part of the continent is largely ignored as having potential for aquaculture development, but it has underground water sources (including brackish water aquifers), dams, seasonal ponds and pools from abandoned open-cast mines that all could be used for aquaculture.

Fish is the most important animal-source food in Bangladesh. Approximately 60 percent of the population eats fish at least every other day, with per capita daily consumption at 44 grams for the poorest households.  Fish is rich in micronutrients like vitamin A, iron, and zinc. Vitamin A is essential for childhood survival, zinc reduces stunting in children and iron is essential for brain development in children. Bangladesh has high incidence of micronutrient deficiency.

Aquaculture for Low Income Consumers (AquaLINC) is a project that aims to increase supplies of affordable and nutritious fish for poor consumers. It will explore innovative production methods to produce smaller tilapias, and test fish feeding approaches to improve the nutritional quality of fish for consumption. Trials will be done on farms and research stations to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of producing smaller and more nutritious fish.

The Philippines has experienced a dramatic decline in fish stocks due to overfishing and habitat degradation while demand for fish and fish-based products has continued to rise. In partnership with the Philippines’ government, the Aquaculture Futures in the Philippines project explores the future of aquaculture development in the Philippines and finds ways to grow public and private investment in the sector while sustainably improving efficiency and productivity.

Aquaculture Futures in Indonesia is a project that explores the future of aquaculture development in Indonesia and identifies pathways for growth. It examines which public and private investment strategies are best aligned with an environmentally sustainable aquaculture sector. The project will create scenarios for future seafood supply and demand in Indonesia that will empower decision-makers, land managers, and communities to assess how increased productivity can be sustainably enhanced, enabling them to develop public policies and investments that mitigate ecosystem impacts.

Zambia has a high rate of youth unemployment. There are also noticeable disparities between men and women in the labor force, especially a lack of women formally working in the fisheries sector who have received fisheries skills training. The current technical education, vocational and entrepreneurship training (TEVET) system faces several challenges, including developing skills that are relevant to the private sector.

In the Indian state of Assam, capture fisheries and aquaculture provide livelihoods for thousands of rural households, who are directly or indirectly involved in the production and marketing of fish. 

Freshwater capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin provide a majority of the animal-source protein in local diets, and support a large proportion of community livelihoods in the region. However, the contribution of fish to supporting community welfare and livelihoods has never been fully quantified. In the absence of a solid estimate of the total economic, nutritional and livelihood value of these fisheries, their importance has often been overlooked in development planning.

In developing countries, small-scale fisheries (SSF) are a vital source of food, nutrition and income. But pressures from within and external to SSFsuch as overharvesting, infrastructure development and inadequate policy recognitionthreaten their sustainability and equitable distribution of benefits.

CREL aims to protect key ecosystems, wetlands and ecological critical areas in Bangladesh while improving their ability to withstand climate change shocks. The project is focused on improved management of natural resources and livelihoods diversification. In partnership with key government stakeholders, the project is finding solutions to environmental, socioeconomic, legal and policy issues that hamper the creation of a workable climate change mitigation strategy.

High population density, a degraded environment and the effects of climate change in Malawi's Lake Chilwa Basin are causing food insecurity and exerting increased pressure on forests and fisheries, which provide important sources of income and critical safety nets for the poor in times of crises. The Lake Chilwa Basin project is developing a range of climate change adaptation solutions that will enhance the capacity of communities to adopt sustainable livelihood and natural resource management practices.

WorldFish and the Government of Bangladesh have come together to develop effective ‘bottom of the pyramid’ solutions for small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers to comply with the World Trade Organization’s agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures (WTO/SPS) and related Codex Alimentarius Commission and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The project aims to help small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers work collaboratively and scale up their collective participation in export market value chains.

Climate variability has a profound influence on fisheries and agriculture in South Asia. CaFFSA will innovate in the delivery of climate services to 330,000 farm households in India (Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states) and 150,000 fish farming households in Odisha and Bangladesh (Barisal, Sylhet and Khulna divisions). Timely, reliable and contextualized climate information will profoundly change the climate risk equation in sectors that underpin the food security of millions.

The objective of this project is to design a cost-effective, scientifically researched and participatory “incentive-based” hilsa fishery management mechanism for Myanmar. The project will employ the ecosystem-based approach (EbA) in its information gathering, analysis, and decision-making and management objectives.


In Bangladesh, pressures from population growth, acute food shortages and poverty mean that around 60% of the population suffers from undernutrition. The Expansion of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)  project brings together local partners, the International Rice Research Institute, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and WorldFish to fight food insecurity through the creation of six regional hubs that promote technology innovation and improve agricultural and aquaculture productivity.

Extreme poverty and food insecurity are stark facts in the lives for many people living in rural Timor–Leste. This project aims to improve nutrition security and increase incomes for approximately 1500 farming households in six rural districts of Timor-Leste by promoting freshwater aquaculture. Additionally, the project aims to increase awareness about good nutritional practices and the importance of fish and other nutritious foods such as orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, leafy greens and legumes.

In the Solomon Islands, overfishing and climate change have depleted natural resources and increased pressures on subsistence-level livelihoods. The Developing Inland Aquaculture project is a four-year partnership between WorldFish and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) which seeks to expand currently underdeveloped inland aquaculture (fish farming) to supplement dwindling marine resources in Solomon Islands.

The goal of this project is to develop and apply new applied aquaculture research technologies, in order to support bighead catfish (BC) culture in Cambodia.

Rice and fish are key elements of the diet and major agricultural production sectors in Myanmar. Rice-fish systems (RFSs) encompass a spectrum of farming and fishing practices, from traditional capture of fish in rice-dominated landscapes through to controlled farming of fish in rice fields. Rice farming covers approximately 8 million ha and involves more than 5 million rural households. Myanmar governments of the recent past favored “command and control” based policies that discouraged rice farmers from diversification and making production decisions based on market demand.

More than half of the land base in many regions, including Southeast Asia, is constrained by poor soil quality, and 12 million additional hectares of land are degraded annually, where 20 million tons of grain could have been grown instead. The project promotes the use sustainable land management (SLM) practices that help close yield gaps and enhance the resilience of land resources and communities that depend on them while avoiding further degradation.

Sustainably reducing poverty and improving food and nutrition security are challenges that require coordinated efforts and partnerships between organizations. The partnership between the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) and WorldFish supports the sustainable management of natural resources in communities across Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Since the 1980s, aquaculture production in Egypt has grown rapidly, adding substantially to the supply of affordable fish to domestic markets. As a result, aquaculture markets have become a strategic food sector that contributes to nutrition security and sustains substantial employment opportunities for informal retailers, many of whom are women. However, the informal nature of fish retailing can result in different forms of insecurity relating to insufficient lending arrangements, risk of postharvest losses and poor returns, and threat of harassment or arrest.

WorldFish, USAID and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) have come together to support the country’s coastal fishing communities and improve food security through research-led fisheries management initiatives. The project seeks to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments using sustainable best practices and to mitigate the adverse affects of climate change. It will work closely with small-scale artisanal catch fisheries that target hilsa shad, the national fish of Bangladesh.

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh II (ECOFISH II) is a 5-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Jointly implemented by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DOF), ECOFISH II is built upon the previous work of the original ECOFISH (2014–2019) project regarding hilsa shad production in the Meghna River ecosystem. ECOFISH II is reducing the impacts on the natural resources and fishing communities along the Teknaf–Cox’s Bazar peninsula from the influx of over a million Rohingya refugees.

Poverty, vulnerability and inequality persist in many sectors of Pacific Island society. Women, men and youth often have limited opportunities to improve wellbeing outside of natural resource exploitation and, in many cases, current livelihoods do not offer a pathway out of poverty and food insecurity. This project implements a participatory livelihoods enhancement approach with community groups in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste, where visions and enhancement pathways are co-developed into action plans. These plans are then implemented and refined through cycles of action and reflection.

Rice field fisheries constitute a vital source of income and nutrition for Cambodia’s poor farmers. However, as population and demand for fish grows, there has been a marked decline in yields and a degradation of aquatic biodiversity. Intensification of rice farming, pesticides and damage to habitats have also contributed to this problem. WorldFish is partnering with NGOs, local authorities and national universities to research ways to increase productivity, expand rice field fisheries while seeking innovative ways to increase biodiversity and protect ecosystems.

A new, improved strain of tilapia could have enormous benefits for India’s poor, boosting yields, increasing nutritional benefits and opening aquaculture to more people. Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) could address the twin problems Indian producers face with current strains by improving the quality of the broodstock and increasing efficiencies. The project, in partnership with Rajiv Gandhi Center for Aquaculture, involves the establishment of a nucleus for the selective breeding and genetic improvement of the GIFT tilapia in India.

The sea cucumber, a member of the sandfish family, has provided a valuable source of income for communities across the Asia-Pacific region for decades. However, in recent years, stocks have plummeted due to overfishing and ecosystem damage.

The Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity’s the goal is to achieve inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market system approach in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI)

Rice field fisheries (RFF), defined as the fishing done in and around rice fields, particularly during the flood season, are a vital source of income and nutrition for Cambodia’s poor farmers. To increase productivity and maintain biodiversity of wild fish in RFF, the project works in the Tonle Sap floodplain to improve management of community fish refuges (CFR), which provide dry season sanctuaries for broodstock.

The Scaling up Aquaculture Production (SAP) project supports the development of the aquaculture sector in Sierra Leone to increase fish production, consumption and the incomes of small-scale farmers. Led by WorldFish, the project focuses on Tonkolili district, one of the poorest and nutritionally-insecure regions in the country, with a 25 percent childhood stunting rate. A key project focus is on supporting smallholders to farm fish as part of profit-oriented agribusinesses, in parallel with improving input supply and market linkages.

Bangladesh has chronic levels of undernutrition which most dramatically effect pregnant women and children. The project, “Fish consumption in the first 1,000 days for increased protein intake and improved nutrition,” aims to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and infants 6-23 months of age in Bangladesh through the provision of nutritious foods products made from common, locally available ingredients.

Capture fisheries are declining in Myanmar, yet 60% of their animal sourced food is fish. To meet the growing demand for fish, aquaculture production is increasing. It is essential that Myanmar develops a sustainable aquaculture industry that minimizes potential environmental impacts and ensures aquaculture practices are socially acceptable and economically sound.

This project will implement the national fisheries strategy in Timor-Leste to improve coastal community livelihoods through sustainable fisheries management. The FSSP2 project will benefit approximately 25,000 women and men fishers and their communities as well as managers and diverse stakeholders by increasing the sustainable production and increased consumption of coastal fish in Timor-Leste.

Timor-Leste ranks amongst the world’s poorest countries and faces multiple challenges in feeding its people and developing its economy. The fisheries and aquaculture sectors currently fall well short of their potential to contribute to improving livelihoods and food security. There is significant potential to improve food security through the promotion of sustainable marine resource use. This project aims to improve food and nutrition security, productivity and resilience of fisheries systems and community livelihoods in coastal areas of Timor-Leste.

Fishing for a Future is an initiative that brings together key stakeholders from government, private sector, international and civil society organizations to identify and assess challenges in the fish-based food system and identify solutions that can be pursued through collective action. The initiative aims to create profitable, well-governed, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture sectors that delivers social and economic benefits to society and ensures a continuing supply of fish to meet the needs of a growing population.

The African Union Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa prioritizes fish trade and aims to promote responsible and equitable fish trade. In response, this European Union-funded project supports the development of intra-regional fish trade in Africa by conducting research and generating data that informs crucial policy decisions.

WorldFish has partnered with the Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (HILIP), an integrated rural development project funded by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Netherlands Government. The project aims to help the poor to adapt to climate change, with a focus on improved and sustainable productivity in fisheries. Its biggest component is community-based fisheries management of open water bodies within the Haor Basin in Bangladesh.

This project aims to improve food and nutrition security, incomes and health for the poorest households in Zambia’s Northern Province, with a particular focus on women. Through the generation of evidence, the project seeks to identify agricultural technologies and livelihood-enhancing solutions that can create economic growth and greater food productivity. It will also focus on utilizing newly developed biofortified food crops, fish and forest foods to improve nutrition.

Digital technologies are undergoing a revolution. Artificial intelligence (machine learning), remote sensing, smartphones, mobile internet, social media, and open source data collection and video production software open up an array of new possibilities for cheaply collecting, analyzing and communicating information in new forms, to multiple audiences.

Hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) is an valuable resource for millions of people in the Bay of Bengal, but its breeding and migratory habits remain largely unknown. Identifying the breeding sites and main inland migration routes of hilsa is important for management and the sustainability of the resource. The project fills a knowledge gap about hilsa and undertakes the identification of the main spawning grounds in the Ayeyarwady Delta and determines the extent of its migration along the Ayeyarwady River.

The vast majority of Solomon Islanders depend on fishing and farming for food and livelihoods. However, coastal marine resources are under threat due to overfishing, the effects of climate change and ecosystem degradation. Improving Community-based Fisheries Management or PacFisheries is a community-based project that aims to improve the lives of the people in the Solomon Islands through co-developing comprehensive natural resource management plans. Working with partner NGOs and government, the project will monitor the development and assess the effectiveness of local management plans.

Egypt has a well-established aquaculture industry that has the potential to have a greater impact on the country’s persistently high unemployment and endemic poverty rates through greater efficiencies and productivity. Aquaculture in Egypt now provides more than 100,000 full or part‐time jobs along the value chain and supports the livelihoods of up to one million people.

Focusing on Bangladesh and Zambia but with a global scope, this project aims to find ways to meet the food and nutrition needs of the poor, particularly women and children, by gaining valuable insights into fish consumption patterns. It seeks to quantify the contribution of fish and fish products to the diets of poor men, women and children and examines existing aquaculture systems and value chains with respect to the food and nutritional requirements of poor consumers.

The Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of Poor Farming Households (IFSL) project aims to assist 180,000 smallholder farmers in Bangladesh by improving access to appropriate technical advice and affordable inputs as well as business and marketing support. The project builds on the proven concept of Local Service Providers (LSPs). LSPs are lead farmers who live in communities close to farmers and are selected by target communities and other stakeholders to become their advisors and provide marketing support.

The fisheries sector in Myanmar is vital for national food security, income generation and export earnings. It is estimated that aquaculture and fisheries directly employ more than 3 million people and that between 12 and 15 million people benefit from the sector. Fish products are the most important sources of animal protein in the country. Fisheries development in Myanmar faces three constraints: the lack of a comprehensive information base on fisheries, the lack of proven management approaches and technologies and the limited technical capacity to implement fisheries projects.

This project aims to use selective breeding to make improved fish strains, which are faster growing and more productive than other local strains, more accessible to poor people. The project focuses on Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya and Mozambique, where small-scale aquaculture is important for rural livelihoods and fish is an important source of protein and nutrition.

This three-year project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and led by CARE, aims to increase youth employment in areas of Egypt badly hurt by the down-turn in tourism. WorldFish will deliver the fisheries and aquaculture components of the project including support for the development of aquaculture, value addition for fisheries products and improved fisheries management in Lake Nasser.

The goal of this project is to ensure the environmental sustainability of Indonesia’s aquaculture development while increasing production yet recognizing both socioeconomic and climate change factors.


Phase 2 of this project builds on previous community-based fish conservation work in Cambodia with an emphasis on local capacity development by establishing effective co-management arrangements. The project brings together government, civil society, communities and the scientific community to reduce threats to wetlands biodiversity and fisheries resources in targeted areas, while improving local livelihoods through recovery of fisheries resources.

Malnutrition levels in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. Dietary intake of both adults and children are severely deficient in key micronutrients. This project aims to increase household income in poor, rural households in Bangladesh, and improve nutrition, especially in women and children, through increased intake of nutrient-rich small fish. The project promotes innovative new technologies designed to increase the production of small nutrient-rich fish species in two separate and environmentally distinct agricultural areas.

MYNutrition aims to adapt and scale up the innovative integrated aquaculture and fisheries/agriculture-nutrition linkages developed under the IFAD-funded Small Fish and Nutrition project in northwest rural Myanmar from 2010 to 2013. The project will engage men and women in the homestead production of traditional carp and micronutrient-rich small fish species and vegetables, and increase production of indigenous fish (mostly small-sized) through community-based sustainable wetlands management and enhanced stocking.

The seas between Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands constitute some of the most biologically diverse waters in the world. However, the area’s ecosystems, especially the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME), are under intense pressure from overfishing, population pressure and pollution. The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle project seeks to develop a monitoring, control and surveillance system for coral reef fish to protect them from overfishing and illegal reef fishing.

Knowledge of how ecosystem services affect the lives of the world’s poor is crucial in management strategies. Such knowledge is essential to making a meaningful impact on food and nutrition security while conserving vital ecosystems. The project aims to build a knowledge base on the intersection between communities and their environment and the relationship between agriculture and forest ecosystems.

Small-scale and commercial aquaculture is growing in Bangladesh and has tremendous potential to increase both food security and incomes. This project focuses on implementing market development interventions for the farmed fish sector in Bangladesh by targeting improvements in fish feed production. The project aims to build capacity in commercial feed companies, focusing on product quality, formulation and improvements to process management as well as machine operation, alternative energy sources, alternative raw materials, software operation, and improvements in the supply chain.

This project uses a unique village-led research and education approach to establish community-based Learning Hubs that empower villagers and partners to facilitate knowledge exchanges. The project focuses on raising awareness, building capacity and providing the tools which communities can use to improve their planning of natural resource management and fish ecology for sustainable fisheries. It will identify and promote best-practices for communities to manage and conserve fisheries resources.

The Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, funded by USAID and implemented by FHI 360, aims to increase peoples’ knowledge on mobile technology among the poor, civil society, local government institutions and private-sector stakeholders. Through a grant provided by mSTAR, the USAID Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project is piloting the use of mobile financial services in southwest Bangladesh.

In Africa, fish is often a cheap and accessible animal-source food (ASF) and thus important for many poor and marginalized women, men and youth, but methods of processing fish in Nigeria remain limited to traditional salting, sun drying and smoking methods. These methods expose fish to pests, insects, microorganisms, sand and dirt. Smoked fish faces an additional health hazard of accumulation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) due to high wood burning temperatures.

In the ‘low income, food deficit’ countries of India, Bangladesh and Malawi, aquaculture is a key source of food and income for resource-poor people in rural and urban areas. Yet growth of the small-scale aquaculture sector is limited by fish disease. This project brings together farmers, aquatic health professionals, researchers and national authorities to combat this problem, by developing and applying modern molecular methods for use as early warning tools.

Fish play critical roles in the economic development and food security of coastal people. Yet sustained production of fish for nutrition and income is exposed to many stressors and shocks, notably globalization of trade, poor governance and planning in contested coastal zones, and extreme weather events.

There are more than four million small household ponds in Bangladesh that have the potential to be significant sources of food and income for local farmers, especially women. This ecologically-focused project aims to increase household access to fish for nutrition and income by diversifying ecosystems in shaded household ponds. It works with 60 women who act as researchers utilizing their household ponds.

Extreme poverty and food insecurity are stark facts in the lives of many people living in rural Timor–Leste, where undernutrition affects 45% of children under the age of five. Fish is rich in micronutrients and is an important part of a balanced diet.

In Timor-Leste, the government is committed to developing aquaculture to improve the country’s food and nutrition security while enhancing income opportunities for coastal and inland farming communities. This project aims to scale up production of genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) to support progress toward the National Aquaculture Development Strategy (2012-2030). The strategy targets increased farmed fish production of 12,000 tons per year by 2030, leading to a rise in annual fish consumption to 15 kg per person.

Sustainably improving nutrition outcomes and building food sovereignty is fundamental to the nation-building processes of Timor-Leste. As a small island state, coastal and ocean resources have the potential to contribute to this objective in a more significant way than they currently do.

Through this partnership with the Government of Odisha in India, WorldFish provides support to increase the productivity of aquaculture through improvements in seed, technology and farming systems. A long-term goal is to foster a sustainable aquaculture sector in which the private sector will be more willing to invest. The partnership will also focus on improving the value chain for aquaculture products to improve nutrition security in Odisha state, where over 25% of children under five in rural areas are malnourished.

As part of wider European Union-funded project to improve food security for the people of Cambodia, this project focuses on the fisheries and livestock sectors and aims to promote inclusive and sustainable growth in aquaculture and fisheries for the poor. This important subcomponent of the program seeks to develop and modernize the fisheries sector, improve productivity and efficiency in aquaculture, look at ways of enhancing the value chain for the benefit of communities and reinforce Cambodian fisheries administration management capacities.

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of seafood products, mainly from Asia. The growth of aquaculture in Asia has been remarkable, but it also raises environmental concerns and poses serious challenges in terms of sustainability, social equity and suitable technologies. To establish sustainable aquaculture practices that improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact, the project will establish standards for aquaculture site planning, animal health, food product safety and farm governance.

The MYFC project aims to introduce low cost polyculture systems with small indigenous species of fish to increase incomes, food security and nutrition for the resource-poor, focusing on women and children. WorldFish will work with four government and NGO partners to build technical capacity through the Fisheries Research and Development Network. The project will target four townships in Ayeyarwady Delta and four townships in the central dry zone.

Food systems in Myanmar have the potential to be highly productive and support the demands of a growing population. This project aims to promote agricultural productivity and nutrition and to enhance livelihoods through an improved policy environment. New policies that enhance agricultural productivity and efficiency in Myanmar are hampered by a lack of research into the country’s food system.

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan devastated large areas of the Philippines, destroying vital sources of livelihoods for many rural households. This project aims to rebuild livelihoods through cash grants for fishers to help them to revive the aquaculture and sea fisheries sectors in the worst affected areas of Eastern Samar and Leyte. Specifically, the project seeks to rebuild mud crab, blue crab, milkfish and tilapia aquaculture as well as seaweed farming within local communities and assist with links to potential markets for the produce.

Global fisheries are under stress from overfishing, pollution, poor resource mangement and the effects from climate change. Hundreds of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people rely on these dwindling resources for their food and nutrition security and livelihoods. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the project aims to build a body of research that can capture the human dimensions of the global fisheries crisis. The project focuses on four highly fish-dependent countries: Fiji, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

The dual-objective project, funded and conducted in collaboration with FAO, first focuses on reviewing current approaches and outcomes that have been facilitated through co-management governance strategies in Asia. Substantial investments have been made in co-management of small-scale fisheries (SSFs), and in the first activity we will review co-management in the region using peer reviewed and grey literature.

The goal of the proposed project is to improve food and nutrition security in the Indian state of Odisha. The project will lead to the introduction of nutrition-sensitive production technologies for nutrient-rich fish and vegetables in select districts of Odisha as well as increased production of fresh, high quality small fish and dried fish to make fish-based products for consumption in the first 1000 days of life.


Climate change, damage to valuable ecosystems and overfishing are creating challenges for the people of the Pacific islands. In this project, WorldFish and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) aim to promote greater food security through a national program of marine resource management for the worst affected communities in Solomon Islands and to expand this to Kiribati and Vanuatu.

Global demand for seafood continues to rise, driven by population growth, higher incomes, urbanization and increasing preference for seafood protein. As capture fisheries production has reached its limits, the growth of aquaculture is critical for meeting increasing demand for fish. One of the bottlenecks constraining sustainable aquaculture development is the lack of improved strains of fish.

In Bangladesh, much of the rural population depends on agriculture and aquaculture for food, nutrition and income. However, many areas in southern and northeastern Bangladesh are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including salt-water intrusion, increased frequency of flooding, waterlogging and vulnerability to cyclones.

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.

In the small island developing states of the Pacific, catching, trading and eating fish are central to the way of life and local and national economies. Local and external pressures on marine resources, and high reliance on fisheries as a livelihood, mean that improving and sustaining fisheries benefits is a key pathway to improve human wellbeing and contribute to food and nutrition security. This project aims to improve the wellbeing of Pacific coastal communities through more resilient fisheries as a foundation.

The Strengthening Aquatic Resource Governance (STARGO) project aims to build resilient livelihoods among poor rural producers who depend on the highly contested natural resources in Lake Victoria, Lake Kariba, and Tonle Sap/ Lower Mekong ecoregions. The intent is to improve nutrition, income, welfare and human security, while also reducing the likelihood of broader social conflict.

In the Lau and Langalanga lagoons in Malaita province, Solomon Islands, the ‘saltwater people’ live on small artificial islands on top of coral reefs and mangroves, barter marine resources for root crops and vegetables, and have limited access to land. But the reef fisheries they depend on are threatened by overexploitation, climate change and changing consumption patterns. This project aims to safeguard the food security of these vulnerable communities.

During the first 1,000 days of life, from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday, children are most vulnerable to the effects of undernutrition and disease. Suchana aims to reduce undernutrition and stunting in children in Bangladesh, by targeting children under two and women of reproductive age (15-45 years) from 250,000 poor households in Sylhet and Moulvibazar. The project has an integrated approach, adopting a range of market-based, gender-sensitive and nutrition-sensitive activities.

Since 2007, WorldFish has been working with the farmers of the Aceh region of Indonesia and has now launched a project to develop shrimp farming and improve the livelihoods of some of the area’s poorest farmers. Working with the Aceh Aquaculture Cooperative (AAC), the aim is to lend technical and financial support to promote sustainable and responsible shrimp farming.

Approximately 26% of Egyptians are resource-poor and suffer from a series of nutritional challenges, including high rates of childhood stunting, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The Sustainable Transformation of Egypt’s Aquaculture Market System (STREAMS) project aims to increase production of inexpensive, nutritious and safe fish from sustainable aquaculture systems to help improve the health and nutrition of Egypt’s resource-poor while creating employment and increasing incomes along the aquaculture value chain.

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) program is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other agencies. The aquaculture compact is one of 15 compacts comprising TAAT led by WorldFish.

The US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) project aims to help the APEC Secretariat and APEC member economies eligible for foreign assistance to advance economic integration and achieve the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment. The project will support APEC’s ongoing work in trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation, as well as activities that accord with U.S. foreign policy priorities and will build APEC's institutional capacity for strategic planning and support its work program.

WorldFish Incubator seeks to boost aquaculture productivity and efficiency and help communities reliant on fish as a major source of income and nutrition by assisting the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that form a crucial element of global fish production. With demand for fish rising along with population growth, this program supports startup SMEs in the adoption of sustainable technologies to help them achieve their potential.

The US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) project aims to help the APEC Secretariat and APEC member economies eligible for foreign assistance to advance economic integration and achieve the Bogor Goals of free and open trade and investment. The project will support APEC’s ongoing work in trade and investment liberalization, business facilitation, and economic and technical cooperation, as well as activities that accord with U.S. foreign policy priorities and will build APEC's institutional capacity for strategic planning and support its work program.

WorldFish Incubator seeks to boost aquaculture productivity and efficiency and help communities reliant on fish as a major source of income and nutrition by assisting the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that form a crucial element of global fish production. With demand for fish rising along with population growth, this program supports startup SMEs in the adoption of sustainable technologies to help them achieve their potential.