Over the past three decades, the global aquaculture industry has risen from obscurity to become a critical source of food for millions of people, mostly through export. This boom has led scholars to question whether aquaculture contributes to the food security of poorer people in producing countries.
This World Water Day, WorldFish and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), key partners in the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH), reflect on how improved dam operation and reservoir management can, in some circumstances, mitigate the often negative impacts of large dams on natural fish stocks.
In many instances, research focused on small-scale fisheries is trying to improve human wellbeing, nutrition, and the way we manage our natural resources. But how does “doing research” lead to such real-world change? This was a topic of discussion at the recent Symposium on Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries hosted by WorldFish at its headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.