CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) in partnership with WorldFish have launched a research programme on fish called FISH during the Global Aquaculture Conference, currently underway in Cape Town.
The programme was launched to tackle food security and nutrition, enhance livelihoods in emerging countries and also to address poor investment in fish research and development.
“Fish is an enormously powerful tool in bringing about greater nutritional and food security, enhancing the livelihoods of marginalized communities here in Africa and around the world,” said Yvonne Pinto, board member of WorldFish, the organization leading the project for CGIAR.
“Pursuing a research agenda through a network of multi-stakeholder partners, FISH seeks to harness emerging science to enhance the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to (eradicate) poverty and improve food security and nutrition,” said Pinto.
According to CGIAR, fish is the protein source with the fastest growing production and for many lower income populations it is often the cheapest and most accessible food source. Fish is also high in nutrients and contains several important micronutrients and fatty acids.
The aims of the programme include better breeds, feed, fish health, addressing poverty and malnutrition in communities, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and restoring ecosystems.
During her presentation, Pinto invited research institutions to form partnerships with WorldFish to take part in aquaculture research. Research programme partners will tackle issues like improving national, regional and global policy and reach development goals alongside governments, NGO’s the private sector and research organizations.
The programme is set to run for the next six years until 2022, led by WorldFish in collaboration with the James Cooke University in Australia, the Greenwich University in England and the Wagening University in the Netherlands.