A Global Agricultural Research Partnership


WorldFish is an international, non-profit research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.

Recognizing the opportunities that fisheries and aquaculture offer for the poor, the hungry and the vulnerable, WorldFish is committed to meeting two key development challenges:

  1. To improve the livelihoods of those who are especially poor and vulnerable in places where fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference.
  2. To achieve large scale, environmentally sustainable increases in supply and access to fish, at affordable prices, for poor consumers in developing countries.

WorldFish’s mission touches the lives of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on fish. The organization is proud of its role in reducing poverty and increasing food and nutrition security through fisheries and aquaculture.

From new syntheses and analysis to targeted, on-the-ground delivery and knowledge sharing, WorldFish technologies, products and services help to make development happen while learning how to do it better.

The myriad causes that lead to poverty, hunger and food insecurity are so complex than no organization working independently can hope to have more than a limited impact. So partnerships are at the core of the WorldFish operating strategy. WorldFish nurtures and sustains its existing partnerships and seeks to develop new ones that will increase its impact on poverty and hunger.

Worldfish employs its own unique expertise and experience to contribute to six of the CGIAR Research Programs and leads one of these Programs – the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. WorldFish work will be focused in 6 areas which together will contribute toward the organization’s two strategic objectives:

Focal areas for research and key research questions WorldFish will tackle:

Climate Change
How will climate change affect fisheries and aquaculture in developing countries and how can adaptive capacity be built?


Improved value chains
How can we improve input and output value chains to increase the value of aquaculture and fisheries?


Gender and equity
How can strengthening the rights of marginalized fish dependent people reduce inequality and poverty?


Sustainable aquaculture technologies
How can productivity, resilience and development impact from small and medium scale aquaculture be increased?


Nutrition and health
How can investments in fisheries and aquaculture best improve human nutrition and health?


Policies and practice for resilience
What policy and management investments will increase the resilience of small-scale fisheries and increase their contribution to reducing poverty and hunger




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Media contact
Holly Holmes
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General contact email:
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Glimpse into the future

Glimpse into the future A Glimpse to the Future – Helping the people of Stung Treng Province imagine hydropower relocation. Documenting the study tour of Cambodian group from Stung Treng…


Farmed fish feed Bangladesh’s poor

A new report by WorldFish and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies proves conclusively that growth in aquaculture has led to greater fish consumption among the poorest consumers in Bangladesh.