Depleted fish stocks are forcing Bangladeshi fisherman further out to sea in search of their next catch. For families like Anita Bishaash’s, this means more time apart and a greater struggle to cover household expenses.

Alternative livelihoods like homestead pond aquaculture can help families to produce their own food and income, particularly in areas where increasing salinity makes agriculture difficult.

Approximately 500 million people in Africa, Asia and the Pacific depend on aquatic agricultural systems for their livelihoods; 138 million of these people live in poverty.  The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) partners with communities to reduce poverty and improve food security.