Tilapia is one of the most popular fish species for farming and is second in terms of volume after carps. WorldFish has been working for decades on fish genetic improvement and dissemination activities across Asia and Africa. Building on this knowledge, the WorldFish Strategy (2017–2022) and CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) (2017–2022) are providing a combination of support to accelerate fish breeding, and improvement programs and increasing the impact of dissemination of improved fish breeds.
For aquaculture to continue along its current growth trajectory and contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, value chains must become more inclusive. Smallholders and other local value chain actors are often constrained by circumstances and market failures in the global aquaculture industry. Integrating these actors into aquaculture value chains through inclusive business models (IBMs) is often touted as a solution to sustainable and ethical trade and business that can generate development outcomes.
This story describes the service provision model introduced by WorldFish through the Improving Food Security and Livelihoods project. The model focuses on local service providers (LSP) and service provider associations (SPAs), which act as a bridge between poor producers, private sector entities and government agencies. SPAs help the poor to enter and benefit from markets. Each LSP organizes input and output market support for around ten groups of 20–25 farming households.