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Cracking the code of mola mass production boosts nutrition-sensitive aquaculture in India

mola Photo: WorldFish

Undernutrition is one of India's most serious development challenges. The recent National Family Health Survey reveals alarming levels of childhood malnutrition, with 36 percent of Indian children stunted and 32 percent underweight.

Aquatic foods such as fish are an excellent source of protein, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids that can play a vital role in the fight against malnutrition.

Some indigenous small fish species, referred to collectively as SIS, are many times richer in essential micronutrients than commonly farmed fish such as carp and can be considered natural superfoods. WorldFish has pioneered nutrition-sensitive aquaculture by promoting the addition of SIS to conventional carp farming systems.