Partnerships are essential to our research and for delivering impact by bringing technologies and innovations to scale. WorldFish works with an extensive network of partners to create change for the millions who depend on fish in the developing world.
Call to Action for aquaculture development in Africa
Key regional players have joined with WorldFish and FISH to endorse a vision for inclusive and sustainable aquaculture on the African continent. The three-page Call to Action includes proposals for regional collaboration on research and development with the establishment of centers of excellence, investments in capacity building and the dissemination of best management practices for profitable, productive, environmentally sustainable and nutrition-sensitive aquaculture.
Policy guidance is a key theme, with evidence-based research expected to support policy makers to undertake policy and governance reforms effectively. The vision notes a need to make policies understandable and accessible to those farming communities to which they will apply and to take into account the conservation of aquatic biodiversity.
The Call to Action is a result of deliberations that took place at the African aquaculture
policy day held during the World Aquaculture conference from 26–30 June 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Besides WorldFish, the supporting organizations are: the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), the East African Community Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (EAC-LVFO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the World Aquaculture Society.
Support for new research on fish for nourishment
Participants at the Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-food Systems, held from 5–8 December 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, agreed that while evidence is mounting that fish is a solid investment choice, in particular for reducing global undernutrition, more needs to be done to build the case.
The event was convened by WorldFish with support from IFAD, the European Union and the Royal Government of Cambodia. It brought together 150 participants, including representatives from UN organizations, NGOs and research institutes, to discuss a need to shift from approaches focused on fish production to fish agri-food systems that are more geared to nutrition-sensitive outcomes.
The workshop ended with strong statements of support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IFAD, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), USAID and the World Bank, among others, in particular recognizing the need for further investments in fish as a critical means to address health and nutrition.
Examining the role of research in resilient small-scale fisheries
Small-scale fisheries (SSF) play a critical and often irreplaceable role in nutrition and livelihood security, particularly in developing countries. Yet these benefits are underreported, undervalued and under threat from a range of social, ecological and political drivers.
The Resilient Small-scale Fisheries Symposium, organized by WorldFish at its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia from 5–7 September 2017, brought together WorldFish and partners in FISH to reflect critically on the role of research in contributing to resilient SSF. These include reducing poverty, fostering greater environmental sustainability, facilitating gender and social equity, and increasing food and nutrition security.
Within sessions, researchers illustrated through their presentations the diversity of SSF, the range of geographies and the distinctive systems in which they are working as well as the different ways that research is used to understand and catalyze development outcomes.