About WorldFish in Philippines

The Philippines is mainly an agricultural country composed of 7,107 islands. Approximately 30% of families live in poverty and one in three children suffer from under nutrition. Two-thirds of the country’s total population depends on coastal resources, including agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries for their livelihoods.

These communities who depend on coastal resources face a growing challenges. Fisheries are depleted and there is an urgent need to improve management while also developing alternative livelihood options. Pollution and widespread erosion threaten agricultural crops.

The Philippines is also highly vulnerable to climate change and to natural disasters, with 20 extreme weather events in 2008 alone, affecting 10% of the population. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall, tore through the Philippines on Nov. 8 2013, killing more than 6,000 and leaving millions without homes and livelihoods.

WorldFish research focuses on increasing aquaculture productivity and resilience, sustainably and equitably enhancing livelihood diversification and increasing adaptive capacity, with a particular focus on the governance of marine and coastal resources.