MissionTo strengthen livelihoods and enhance food and nutrition security by improving fisheries and aquaculture.
The year 2016 began with the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which the UN Secretary-General called a “shared vision of humanity … a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.” Over the course of the year, WorldFish undertook a series of consultations that aimed to sharpen its research priorities, its goals, and its pathways to achieving impact, which position it to make a meaningful contribution to the SDGs. The result is a new WorldFish Strategy, launched in December.
The strategy is distinguished by a clearer value proposition for investing in fisheries and aquaculture for development, combined with quantified, time-bound impact targets developed through bottom-up analysis at country and regional levels. It presents an integrated set of research programs and cross-cutting themes, including an increased emphasis on leveraging the dynamism of private enterprise and a new cross-cutting theme on entrepreneurship.
This annual report includes highlights of progress on key research innovations that lay the groundwork for success in implementing the new strategy. We highlight the critical role of diverse public, private and civil society partnerships, and how these enable not only widespread adoption of new practices but also changes in policies and institutions necessary to deliver impacts at scale.
A key win for the organization in 2016 was the development and approval of the new CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agrifood Systems (FISH).
Dr. Elizabeth Woods
Chair, Board of Trustees
Closely aligned with our strategy, this is the only CGIAR Research Program to focus specifically on the science of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries, and the benefits this can deliver for gender-equitable livelihoods, food and nutrition security and environmental sustainability. The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Wageningen University, University of Greenwich and James Cook University are managing partners, with WorldFish as the lead center.
Globally, there is growing recognition of the value of fish in achieving food and nutrition security, as well as increased focus on marine conservation and investment opportunities in the “blue economy.” This is a very positive climate in which WorldFish can pursue its unique agenda. WorldFish has achieved a steady growth in project-specific funding (bilateral and CGIAR “window 3”), from USD 17.1 million in 2012 to USD 22.9 million in 2016, an increase of 34%. Looking forward, WorldFish aims to continue that growth on the strength of its partnerships in its focal and scaling countries, while emphasizing opportunities for cross-country learning and exchange.
As the world’s leading research organization dedicated to strengthening livelihoods and enhancing food and nutrition security in developing economies through fisheries and aquaculture, WorldFish is poised to significantly expand its impact in the years ahead. In these pages, we provide a glimpse of the difference this research can make in the lives of millions of poor producers, traders, processors and consumers across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Dr. Blake Ratner
WorldFish at a glance
Impacts by 2022
producer households adopt improved breeds, feeds, fish health and best management practices
fewer women, men and children suffering from deficiencies in essential micronutrients
more women of reproductive age consuming an adequate number of food groups
people assisted to exit poverty through gender-inclusive livelihood improvements
metric tons of fish farmed annually with improved climate resilience and reduced environmental impact
hectares of ecosystems restored through productive and equitable management
Where we work
Countries in which WorldFish conducts research
WorldFish partners with substantial program engagement
Total publications in 2016
Working papers, reports and briefs
Aquaculture is the world’s fastest-growing food production sector. WorldFish research focuses on sustainable increases in aquaculture production ensuring that poor farmers, their families and communities receive direct nutritional and economic benefits.
Value chains and nutrition
WorldFish research focuses on exploring opportunities along the value chain—including improving handling and reducing waste and loss—to enhance access to affordable and nutritious fish for poor consumers.
Resilient small-scale fisheries
Most capture fisheries are already at or beyond production limits. WorldFish research focuses on how to improve the resilience and productivity of small-scale fisheries
Rural women have a major role in fisheries and aquaculture. WorldFish gender research focuses on bridging gaps in the access and use of agricultural resources to promote economic development.
Private businesses are critical to making fish available for consumers. WorldFish research focuses on increasing safe employment and entrepreneurship for women, men and youth in fish processing and trade.
Delivering impact through partnership
Partnerships are essential to our research and for bringing technologies and innovations to scale and achieving development impact. WorldFish partners with hundreds of international, national, regional and local institutions and organizations.