Working with industry leaders allows us to seek the aquaculture sector’s most sustainable and inclusive growth opportunities to help improve the livelihoods, nutrition, and health among vulnerable communities.

“African aquaculture is receiving increasing interest, but yet needs a massive boost in fish production to meet projected demand in the next ten years. Small-holders and women are also significantly missing in many investments targeting Africa, despite the large but often hidden roles in rural economies and food systems. There are no easy solutions, but there needs to be new approaches, a step up in investment, and an African-led transformation to fish and food production for the region.”

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Through collaboration, FUTUREFISH aims for significant improvements across the aquaculture industry in terms of social, environmental, and economic impact. We partner with innovators, business, and industry leaders to identify opportunities and actions for aquaculture to grow sustainably – in those communities, countries, and regions where sustainable and inclusive growth can bring change to millions of people, with better livelihoods, climate resilience, nutrition, and health. Our specialist knowledge and skills are focused on low- and middle-income countries of Africa and Asia, regions with high demand and need for aquaculture growth, but often missing out on the investments needed. 

Insights: a foundation of knowledge, innovation and market insights for investment

FUTUREFISH is excited by the growing interest in aquaculture investment. Still, we want to see that investment flow into the businesses, innovations, and solutions that build ecosystem resilience, create better livelihoods, and meet consumer demand for humane and healthy food choices in Africa and Asia. We will provide knowledge and innovation to support the investment decisions of our partners. We will work with diverse partners – innovators, start-ups, established businesses, and public, private, and philanthropic investors – to identify and assess aquaculture innovations and investment solutions that can put sustainable aquaculture into practice. We will have a strong focus on relevant, accessible, and impactful solutions in priority geographies – low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia.
As part of this work, we will identify and connect innovators with new partners, opportunities, and ways of working beyond current thinking – a foundation for accelerating and putting new opportunities and ideas into practice. Our work stretches across the aquaculture ecosystem – production systems, inputs services, gender equity, carbon footprints, market analysis, and consumers – to identify new and high-impact opportunities for improving aquaculture system performance – both short and long term. Our specialized knowledge of Africa and Asia – combined with multi-disciplinary systems expertise and extensive global networks – helps us identify opportunities for investing in sustainable aquaculture and new areas of innovation and business that others may not see.

Investments: nurturing promising business ventures to impact at scale

We will partner across the business community – from new start-ups, SMEs, and established corporate businesses – to support business growth and investment in start-ups and enterprises’ most promising innovations. We strive to be entrepreneurial-focused, keep an eye on impact and work in collaboration and co-design mode with like-minded partners to create the business and investment opportunities that benefit low- and middle-income markets of Africa and Asia.

This business area seeks to deliver new sustainable aquaculture businesses – start-ups and new business lines or opportunities within corporate industries – in high potential low- and middle-income market opportunities. We are particularly committed to drawing investment into promising new businesses opportunities that can deliver positive livelihood, climate, and health outcomes for those places and people – including women and vulnerable communities – not traditionally touched by aquaculture innovation and investment.

Community: building a better enabling environment

Aquaculture is a global industry, with multiple stakeholders from local communities to global levels. Building a better aquaculture system isn’t easy and needs diverse partners and collaboration. But, without the benefits of sustainable aquaculture flowing to small-holders, women, and the most vulnerable, our efforts are meaningless. Achieving an enabling environment for investment in truly inclusive aquaculture will be a collaborative effort shaped by the insights of our local partners and farmers themselves. That’s why FUTUREFISH will collaborate with partners as part of a greater global drive for sustainable aquaculture.

In doing so, we will also join with partners in special initiatives that support women, youth, and small-scale farmers in the aquaculture business, helping build the skills for the future and creating a conducive enabling policy environment for sustainable aquaculture. We will also engage in regional and global industry events, such as studies, webinars, and workshops, that can positively facilitate knowledge transfer, mentoring, and academic-industry collaboration with the places and people that are important to us in Africa and Asia.

Monitoring and Learning

We also recognize the importance of measuring the change in the aquaculture system where we work. The FUTUREFISH Monitoring and Learning team and partners will develop the monitoring and learning tools and methods – with a strong emphasis on digital – that can be used to assess the progress being made towards sustainable aquaculture and inform management and policy decisions– at business, country, and global levels. Specialist skills and tools for measuring women’s empowerment, climate, environmental footprints, and aquaculture system efficiencies will be applied to provide new evidence on our journey towards sustainable aquaculture.

Our intention

The very core of our values are sustainability, diversity and change for the better. We want to see our oceans thriving, help bring communities together and work with companies – small and large – to create new opportunities and solutions for the world’s significant challenges. We know the importance of creating a diverse and dynamic workplace that helps cultivate a culture that constantly learns from our people. We will do our best to nurture and mentor innovators and entrepreneurs by creating connections, building relationships, and co-design approaches to develop a sustainable and profitable future in the industry.

Approach

We will embrace new technologies and people who think outside of the box. We love to work with companies and innovators whose core values align with our own but who have a unique perspective.

We will draw on an extensive network of research, innovators, industry, and country partners, covering all aspects of aquaculture. Our expertise and networks mean we can draw on a unique and diverse range of perspectives – climate resilience, social and gender, risk assessment, circular economy, market analysis, blue economy and oceans, and innovation analysis. We are practically grounded in identifying and creating solutions that work at scale based on sound research, scientific evidence, and market insights. We have a unique focus on dynamic emerging markets – low and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia – where the impacts and opportunities for aquaculture are substantial and aim to accelerate the adoption of innovations and business ideas that can deliver impact at scale.

Values

The very core of our values is sustainability, change, and diversity. We want to see our oceans thriving, help bring communities together and work with companies to solve the world’s current challenges for a sustainable and healthy food system.

We know the importance of creating a diverse and dynamic FUTUREFISH workplace that helps cultivate a culture that constantly learns from the people around us. We also recognize that the future of aquaculture is not only about fish but people. We will do our best to nurture and mentor innovators and entrepreneurs by creating connections and building relationships as we look towards creating a sustainable and profitable future in the industry.

Working with industry leaders allows us to seek the aquaculture sector’s most sustainable and inclusive growth opportunities to help improve the livelihoods, nutrition, and health among vulnerable communities.

We embrace new technologies and people who think outside of the box. We love to work with companies whose core values align with our own, but who have a unique perspective. Join us!

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