The Future of Fish: Incomes, Nutrition and Global Security

A nearly endless supply of animal protein for human consumption.

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bumbang-bay-indonesia Bumbang Bay, Indonesia

This article by Melissa Benn, Associate at the Agriculture and Food Security Practice at Chemonics International, is featured in the September 2016 issue of WFO’s F@rmletter.

Why focus on fish?

Aquaculture is on the rise globally, and has grown at an impressive rate over the past decades, promising to play a major role in satisfying the protein requirements of both the growing global middle income group and the poorest. Currently, fish represent around 16 percent of all animal based protein consumed, and this percentage is likely to only increase.

As one of the world’s largest emerging markets, Indonesia is a great example of the challenges and potential of creating modern and competitive fisheries. Researchers with the WorldFish group evaluated growth trajectories for aquaculture in Indonesia, indicating that aquaculture will overtake capture fisheries as the major source of fish in Indonesia before 2030. Investment in aquaculture is one of the essential pathways…

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