Consumption of milk, meat, eggs and fish (the animal source foods) contributes signifi cantly to preventing undernutrition and achieving nutrition security.
For many developing country communities, especially those living close to coastal and inland waters, fish are the dominant animal source food. Accounting for more than 50% of the animal protein in the diet for 400 million poor people in Africa and South Asia, fish provide both quality animal protein and critical micronutrients. This nutrition is especially important for vulnerable groups, such as infants, children, pregnant and nursing women and those living with HIV/AIDS.
As a member of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), The WorldFish Center will partner with several other CGIAR Centers in the CGIAR Research Program 3.7 “More Meat Milk and Fish by and for the Poor”.
Under this program we will work to help achieve large scale, environmentally sustainable increases in supply of fi sh to poor consumers in developing countries.
We will do this by focusing our research to develop new seed and feed technologies, understand how to improve the institutional environment, and by testing an integrated value-chain approach to these issues in a limited number of countries. In doing so, we also recognize the importance of aquaculture as an engine for rural development and will seek to achieve these increases by strengthening aquaculture-based value chains in which the poor are able to capture a significant share of the benefits.