Like many of Bangladesh’s rural poor, Iqtiar Gazi and his family are landless, living in a small house on top of their fishpond. When disease killed off his entire stock, Iqtiar was forced to take up rickshaw driving to support his family.

The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) is working with families like Iqtiar’s to sustainably increase the productivity of their ponds and, through training, is helping farmers better manage their fish farms, including reducing the instances of disease.

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.