As China goes, so goes the fish food system

Stephen Hall -


Indisputably, China is a major global influencer. Like many other sectors, the current and future dynamics of fisheries and aquaculture are significantly affected by what happens in the country. China’s share of the world’s fish production rose from 6% in 1980 to 35% in 2012. It is also now the world’s top exporter of fish, with 30% of the global export market, and the third largest importer after the United States and Japan.

Recovery in the Philippines

Stephen Hall -

Dried sardines, Olingan, Dipolog City, Philippines, prior to Yolanda.

I was in the Philippines a day after Yolanda struck working with both staff members and our Board. Our Philippines-based staff gave a presentation about how communities in Leyte, Bohol, and Cebu had identified options for improving their livelihoods and increasing their food security as part of the CGIAR Aquatic Agricultural Systems program. In a somber moment, we all realized that not one of the houses we had seen in the presentation was still standing and, most likely, some of the people we were working with had died.

SmartFarm project helps communities produce more fish

Melody Braun -

Fish Habitat Development Ring in Bangladesh.

A guest blog by Melody Braun, the Bangladesh focal point for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), who reflects on the implementation of fish rings in Jhalokhati, Bangladesh.