WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization and is a member of CGIAR, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future. Research is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring more sustainable management of natural resources. In particular, WorldFish is committed to meeting two key development challenges:
- Improving the livelihoods of those who are especially poor and vulnerable in places where fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference and
- Achieving large scale, environmentally sustainable increases in the supply and access to fish at affordable prices for poor consumers in developing countries.
WorldFish aims to introduce and commercialize the WISH Pond technology system, which deals with water storage and fish. Made of plastic sheeting or cement, WISH Ponds are a back-yard technology that can be used to raise fish for home consumption and generate an income through fish sales and processing. They also provide a physical structure to store water for home gardening and have been designed specifically to accommodate the needs of women and the family, particularly those families that live in semi-urban environments and do not own sufficient land to grow food or produce.
With pond size varying between 8 to 20 m², WISH-Ponds are much smaller than the extensive fish ponds normally supported by development projects but can produce three times more fish per unit area. For example, they can stock up to 600 fish per pond. The system is specifically used for farming catfish species that can thrive in more intensive backyard systems and have high market demand throughout rural and urban Cambodia.
In addition, potential modifications make the WISH-Pond system particularly valuable in developing communities. This include the integration of vegetables into the system through hydroponics or drip irrigation and a collaboration with Sistema Biobolsa (Partnering for Innovation | Program Updates) who manufacture small bio digester systems. This will integrate bio digesters for fish waste and other animal waste, the nutrients of which could be integrated into the system with the objective of producing an independent energy source.