WorldFish adopts a youth-responsive research agenda that seeks to increase opportunities for safe and rewarding youth employment and entrepreneurship in aquaculture and fisheries value chains.
Achieving impacts at the scale of our ambition can only happen by leveraging the dynamism of private enterprise. In the aquaculture sector in particular, this must cover the spectrum from family homestead pond production to medium and large-scale commercial input, production, and processing operations where these offer efficient vehicles to sustainably increase the supply and availability of affordable, nutritious fish for poor consumers.
In both fisheries and aquaculture value chains, we emphasize livelihood opportunities for women and youth in fish processing and trade, in the supply of inputs such as locally-produced feed and seed for aquaculture, and in the marketing and distribution of nutritious fish-based products for maternal and child health.
For young women and men, barriers to participating in fisheries and aquaculture value chains range from limited access to fishing grounds, capital and training to perceptions of risk in the sectors. Youth are often neglected as a specific target group in policies and as agents of change within small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. We adopt a youth-responsive research agenda to increase opportunities for safe and rewarding employment and entrepreneurship, engaging youth to determine the factors that enable or hinder their participation in decision making, as well as access to training, technology and finance.
WorldFish’s contribution to the SDGs
As an international non-profit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger, WorldFish seeks to maximize the health, social and economic impact of our work.