In Sierra Leone, nearly half the population is food insecure and nearly one-third of children under five years old are chronically malnourished. Malnutrition rates are even higher in the poorest and most food insecure districts, such as Tonkolili District in the north.
Despite covering 71 percent of the earth, oceans account for a fraction of the world’s production of animal-source food, highlighting the vast potential to farm more fish in the ocean to meet future demand for nutritious food.
Evidence that small indigenous fish species can affect significant nutritional outcomes is growing. A new paper by WorldFish highlights how mola, reared alongside other fish in a polyculture system, represents the most nutritional value of the harvest.