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The contribution of small-scale fisheries research to a food secure world

This Small Research Activity aims to determine the costs and benefits of activities and policies that protect and strengthen small scale fisheries - including the effects of investments in small-scale fisheries research. It will ask whether past investments in small-scale fisheries have improved livelihoods for poor people and how future investment in small-scale fisheries research can improve the livelihoods of the poor. Answering these questions will guide future small-scale fisheries research for development.
Fish is the most important and fastest growing animal-source food, and contributes to food and nutrition security - but global debates about food security and development overlook it. Few outside the sector understand the long term contribution fisheries can make to food security, poverty alleviation and improved well-being.
The challenges that small-scale fisheries research faces in measuring and accounting for effect reflect the information deficit that plagues small-scale fisheries. Significant data gaps remain, despite associated research efforts and attempts to better account for the contribution of small-scale capture fisheries. Deficient or dispersed evidence hinders the ability to maintain a profile of small-scale fisheries in the food security and nutrition policy arenas or to design a convincing research agenda to address challenges. This was highlighted when the CGIAR governing bodies and donors approved a consortium research program on fish, but channelled funds only to aquaculture research.
This project will:
(1) Synthesise evidence of the effect of small-scale fisheries (including the contributions of small-scale fisheries research) for food and nutrition security, livelihoods and climate change adaptation
(2) Develop a rigorous and high profile case and program for investment in small-scale fisheries research for development