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Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy

This short video story highlights the findings of WorldFish leading researcher Philippa Cohen’s paper on Securing a just space for small scale fisheries in the blue economy,  published at the Frontiers journal in April 2019.  ...

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Successful completion of the YEAG project

Aswan, Upper Egypt  - WorldFish, the Swiss Embassy in Cairo, and Aswan’s local community gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the Swiss-funded Youth Employment in Aswan Governorate (YEAG) project, that has provided training and business ...

Type: Press Release

FISH meeting: Towards resilient and equitable small-scale fisheries

In collaboration with the Oak Foundation, WorldFish will be hosting Towards resilient and equitable smallscale fisheries meeting from 3rd to 5th September 2019 in WorldFish headquarters, Penang.

The event is supported by a collaboration between the Oak Foundation and WorldFish through the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems (FISH). The meeting will convene sixty representatives from SSF research, civil society, intergovernmental agency and non-government organizations and aims to lead the discussions on the emerging new frontiers for small-scale fisheries.

As part of this, WorldFish is leading an initiative to ensure the policy commitments and investments made to support small-scale fisheries (SSF) are leveraged towards environmental management, food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, equitable and good governance.

The initiative seeks to give greater visibility to, and better coordination of, the efforts of multiple actors working towards these outcomes, with the ultimate view to:

  • Increase capacity to coordinate and build collective action among multiple actors to maximize progress towards common goals;
  • Deliver strategic communication leading to greater recognition in policy and investment decisions for the contributions of SSF;
  • Improve collaborative capacity to understand the impacts of investments and institutional innovations towards more resilient SSF.

At the meeting, panel and plenary discussions are designed around on building responsive and inclusive coalitions for impact, delivering a strategic and responsible approach to communication and developing an overarching and complementary framework to evaluate and understand the impact of SSF initiatives.

During the three days, drafted strategies and tools will be presented. The objective is to refine these tools for the stakeholders present, and through these discussions also build a broader coalition or bilateral collaborations to better enable resilient SSF and inclusive ocean, water and landscape governance.

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WorldFish Headquarters
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to Thursday, September 5, 2019
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WorldFish @ external events: FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

Strengthening The Science-Policy Nexus

Marine and inland fisheries today are an important crossroads. They make a crucial and growing contribution to food, nutrition and livelihood security. Yet, despite significant successes, there is a decreasing overall trend in the proportion of marine fish stocks caught within biologically sustainable levels, especially in the least developed regions.

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this symposium aims to clarify:

  • What is the status of global and regional fisheries sustainability?
  • What are the challenges to improve the sustainability of fish resources?
  • What constitutes evidence, and how do we ensure an evidence basis for decision making? and,
  • What does society expect from marine and inland fisheries in the 21st century?

The objective of this Symposium is to identify pathways to strengthen the science and policy interplay in fisheries production, management and trade, based on solid sustainability principles for improved global outcomes on the ground.

WorldFish and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agreed to boost their efforts to build the resilience of fishers and small-scale fish farmers, promote sustainable aquaculture, and improve fish value chains. Through this partnership, it aims to harness the power of research in fisheries, aquaculture and fish value chains to improve programmes and policies for the benefit of millions of fishers and fish farmers belonging to some of the world's poorest communities.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to Thursday, November 21, 2019
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CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems: Annual Report 2018

This annual report provides key results and learning achieved during 2018 in the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH). FISH made significant progress during the year in (a) producing and disseminating a suite of research innovations for ...

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Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy

The vast development opportunities offered by the world’s coasts and oceans have attracted the attention of governments, private enterprises, philanthropic organizations and international conservation organizations. High-profile dialogue and policy ...

Type: Publication

Special events: IRRI-IWMI-WorldFish five-year tripartite agreement

Three CGIAR Centers come together on research collaboration in accelerating the global food system transformation aligned with the CGIAR 2030 Plan.

Leaders from International Rice Research Institute, International Water Management Institute and WorldFish signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 9th April 2019.

Through this agreements and collaborations, the centers aim to address future sustainability not on single technology but through intersection around food system particularly in Southeast Asia where rice, water, and fish have a direct impact on the livelihood of the farmer but also managing the environmental impact.

WorldFish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone shared that the multi-agency partnership provides a strategic push for wider research, promotion, and implementation of integrated rice-fish systems and builds on previous successes of WorldFish and its partners.

Read more on IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia here.

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Los Banos Laguna
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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FISH events: Visioning for a Learning Hub of Excellence

WorldFish researchers from Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and partner organization, James Cook University are meeting next week at the Nusa Tupe Research Station in Western Province of Solomon Islands.

For 20 years, WorldFish research in the Solomon Islands has sought to improve the performance of fisheries and aquaculture for food security and human wellbeing. Insights from this work are shared across the Pacific region.

In this week meeting, FISH Flagship Leader Sustaining Small-Scale Fisheries, Dr. Phillippa Cohen, and WorldFish Country Director Solomon Islands, Dr. Delvene Boso together with a team of researchers will be gathered in Solomon Islands Nusa Tupe research station to refine and further develop plans of the four major research pillars that fall under the FISH CRP: 

  • Nutrition-sensitive approaches to fisheries management and value chains
  • Gender-inclusive community-based, co-management of fisheries resources
  • Resilient and equitable fish-based livelihoods to reduce poverty and improve nutrition
  • Building adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

The Nusa Tupe station brings the organization's global mission - to improve livelihoods and food security through fisheries and aquaculture - to sea in the Solomon Islands.

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Nusa Tupe Research Station
Solomon Islands
Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019
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WorldFish Webinar: Gender Equity & Equality in the Small-scale fisheries Guidelines

Gender Equity & Equality in the Small-scale fisheries Guidelines - Indicators for Governance Capacity & Capability

Webinar organized by TBTI, GAFS and WorldFish. 


Effective implementation of the gender aspects of the Small-scale fisheries (SSF) Guidelines will require fisheries governing institutions that have the capacity and capability to integrate gender research and best practices in their policy and practice.

At GAF7, TBTI hosted a workshop to identify gender integration capacity and capability indicators for fisheries institutions. Together we identified 40 indicators that were grouped into 8 themes (please see the report below for further details).

The purpose of this webinar is to summarize the findings of the workshop and then to continue to define and refine indicators and measures that can be used in multiple contexts.

The expected outcome of the webinar will be a set of indicators and measure that can be used by academics and practitioners to assess the gender capacity and capability of their national fisheries institutions.


APRIL 16th 2019, TUESDAY - Noon (UTC)

To join this webinar, click on the April 16th LINK.

April 17th 2019, WEDNESDAY - 9 PM (UTC)

To join this webinar, click on the April 17th LINK.


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About the Speakers:

Dr. Danika Kleiber is a Research Fellow in Governance of small scale fisheries at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and WorldFish. Danika has woven together her background in women’s studies and biology, which has led her to specialize in socio-ecological research approaches to natural resource management. She is particularly interested in applied research related to gender, small-scale fisheries, and participatory governance. Danika is also one of the coordinators of the TBTI 'Women & Gender' research cluster.

Dr. Katia Frangoudes is a senior researcher of political sciences. She obtained her PhD at the University of Paris in 1992. Since then she participated in many research programs related to fisheries and aquaculture governance, and women’s contribution in fisheries in Europe as a member of the research team of the UMR AMURE at the University of Brest. For many years she acted as a facilitator of the European fisher’s women network AKTEA. Katia is also one of the coordinators of the TBTI 'Women & Gender' research cluster.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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Situating human rights in the context of fishing rights: Contributions and contradictions

Human rights have become a salient topic in fisheries governance. This paper clarifies key terms involved in a human rights-based approach as they pertain to fishing rights. Four conceptual tension between human rights and fishing rights are discussed. ...

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