Without access to training or resources many of Bangladesh’s poor rural farmers, like Bilal and Sufia Mallick, struggle to make a living from their household ponds.

Unable to produce their own food or income, Bilal and Sufia took out a loan to cover the family expenses and must now work in the harsh brickfields to repay their debt.

The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) is working with families like Bilal and Sufia’s to sustainably increase the productivity of fish farms in order to improve incomes and food and nutrition security.

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.