Support to the CGIAR Program on Aquaculture
More than 700 million people depend on aquatic agricultural systems (AAS) for their livelihood. These are diverse farming systems that include a mix of cultivation, livestock-raising, aquaculture, fishing, and gathering natural resources such as fruits, seeds, timber and wildlife. However, there are many constraints that prevent low-income smallholders from fully benefitting from these naturally productive systems. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Program on Aquaculture is one of 15 new cross-cutting international agricultural research programs. The program will focus on the following research themes: increasing system productivity in a sustainable manner; promoting equitable access to markets by poor and vulnerable households; strengthening the resilience of poor, vulnerable and marginalized groups; reducing gender disparities in access to and control of resources; improving policies and institutional structures in support of pro-poor, gender-equitable and sustainable development; and establishing productive relationships, partnerships and networks in keeping with these goals. Initially, the research will take place in three regions selected for their high reliance on aquatic agricultural systems and increased vulnerability to food insecurity: Southeast Asia, East Africa and the South Pacific. This grant will contribute to the first three years of this planned 10-year program.