This presentation summarizes the findings from a literature review conducted for two CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on Fish-Agri Food Systems (FISH), led by WorldFish and Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) led by CIP. The report was commissioned to document linkages between fish, roots, tubers and bananas within agri-food systems; identify opportunities for strengthened integration in production systems, animal feed and nutritional products; and simultaneously identify constraints, research gaps and provide policy recommendations that support nutrition-smart agriculture. The featured literature suggests that integrated agriculture-aquaculture systems, when compared to commercially oriented monocropping, are generally beneficial for soil conservation, biodiversity, livelihoods, household food and nutrition security. Thus, integrating, and diversifying the production of both fish, especially micronutrient rich small fish, and roots, tubers and bananas, especially vitamin A-rich varieties in low-income countries has potential to contribute to broader societal goals including nutrition and health.
Ms. Molly Atkins is an intern at WorldFish, working with the Value Chains and Nutrition research programme. She has a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Exeter and an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex.