The WorldFish research agenda focuses on leading-edge science that is applied through three interconnected programs of research. By using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach, WorldFish addresses critical gaps in research to build evidence on the most promising pathways to impact.

WorldFish strengthens the integration between research activities in aquaculture, small-scale fisheries and nutrition and value chains to enhance the prospects of achieving multiple, synergistic, beneficial impacts. For example, we will examine how to enhance the co production of highly nutritious indigenous fish species and improved tilapia and carp strains in ponds connected to rice fields.

We will build on this work to boost the performance of these strains via selective breeding, disease control, improved aquafeeds, and environmental management of ponds and adjacent ecosystems, and by designing technologies to address the distinct needs of women and men producers where relevant.

Our research on value chain innovations will then focus on translating productivity increases into gender-equitable livelihood and nutritional gains. To achieve these outcomes, WorldFish capitalizes on synergies within the broader CGIAR portfolio and with multiple research and delivery partners that work in complementary research domains in the same priority geographies of Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Research programs

Enable sustainable increases in livelihoods from aquaculture production without creating adverse socio-economic or environmental impacts.
Increase the availability, access and consumption of nutrient-rich, safe fish, especially for women of reproductive age, infants and young children.
Secure and enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries (SSF) to poverty reduction and food security in priority geographies.

Cross-cutting themes

How can youth be engaged in fisheries and aquaculture value chains, and how can they help diffuse innovative ideas and knowledge within households?
How can enabling women’s access to productive assets and resources help boost agricultural production and reduce poverty and hunger?
How will climate change affect fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries, and how can adaptive capacity be built?