Milk, meat, eggs and fish are key components of a balanced and nutritious diet. In developing countries with inland or coastal waters, fish is the dominant source of animal protein and supplies critical micronutrients. This high quality nutrition is especially important for vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Driven by rising population, increasing wealth and urbanization, especially in the developing countries of Asia, there has been an explosive growth in demand for these animal source foods.
With our wild capture fisheries either fully exploited or over exploited, any further increases in fish production will require continued growth from aquaculture. This is especially true for Africa which only supplies 2% of global aquaculture production.
Under this program, WorldFish will work with partner organizations, governments and the private sector to achieve large scale, environmentally sustainable increases in the supply of affordable fish for poor consumers in developing countries.
The program features four themes:
Research will be focused on Egypt and Uganda, two countries with important fish consumption but significant undernourishment, and an aquaculture sector that has the potential for effective intervention.
Link to WorldFish program summary document “More Meat, Milk and Fish by and for the Poor”
Link to excellent background paper on the use of value chains in agricultural development “Upgrading Along Value Chains: Strategies for Poverty Reduction in Latin America”.