The WorldFish Center
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The WorldFish Center

Jalan Batu Maung, Batu Maung, 11960 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia



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The WorldFish Center is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1977. Our mission is to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.

Our multi-national staff of 250 works in 25 countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. We have offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Malaysia (HQ), the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Zambia.

We’re one of the 15 centers of the Consortium of CGIAR Centers. Funding and support is provided through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a group that includes governments, development banks, philanthropic organizations, and development institutions. Our annual budget is about US$20 million.

We engage with partners (intergovernmental, government and non-governmental organizations, UN, and the private sector, including farmers associations) to deliver science-based solutions to ensure productive and resilient small-scale fisheries and to expand sustainable aquaculture in developing countries. Our expertise and strengths lie in three key areas: aquaculture and genetic improvement; natural resources management; and policy, economics and social sciences, specifically:

Aquaculture and genetic improvement
• Breeding improved fish strains for aquaculture
• Aquaculture technologies for the poor and landless
• Integrating aquaculture with agriculture

Natural resources management
• Management of small-scale fisheries
• Assessing the impacts of climate change on fisheries and providing adaptation strategies
• Post-disaster livelihood recovery in fisheries-dependent regions
• Assessing the impact of built structures on aquatic resources

Policy, economics, and social sciences
• Working with communities to manage their fisheries
• Designing pro-poor fisheries policies
• Improving human health through fisheries
• Supporting the role of women in fisheries
• Fisheries economics

Lake Malawi Catch Being Sold
Fisheries and aquaculture contribute substantially to reducing poverty and hunger. The fisheries sector provides employment of over 135 million people worldwide; 98% of these people live in developing countries. Fish account for at least half of the animal protein and mineral intake for 400 million people in the poorest African and South Asian countries. Nutritious fish promotes material health, child development, resistance to infectious diseases and the efficacy of anti-retroviral therapies for treating AIDS.
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Laos Boy Bringing Fish to Market
Income and Sustenance - Small-scale fisheries make important but undervalued contributions to the economies of some of the world’s poorest countries. They also provide much of the animal protein needed by societies in which food security remains a pressing issue.
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