We believe in empowering local organizations to improve the lives of fish

and create a more sustainable foundation for rural livelihoods.

Find out who partners with us and become a partner yourself.

In India, as in other similar countries, most fish are sold not through massive corporations but rather through local markets. Our collaboration with local organizations allows us to influence farming conditions on the ground. We believe this to be the most reliable avenue currently available for improving the well-being of farmed fish in India.

Gramodaya Trust


The Organization

Gramodaya Trust operates in the state of Andhra Pradesh and works to enable sustainable and just livelihoods for farmers. It does so by empowering farmer collectives and producer organizations, assisting with the livelihoods of the poor in rural areas and developing resilience to climate change. Gramodaya Trust was launched by Mr. Srinivas Chekuri in 2015, and currently works with thousands of local farmers, including several hundred fish farmers.

Srinivas Chekuri, Founder of Gramodaya Trust, conversing with Karthik Pulugurtha, Managing Director of Fish Welfare Initiative India

The Partnership

In January 2021, Gramodaya Trust and Fish Welfare Initiative partnered to undertake a pilot study examining the impacts of higher welfare production methods. Following the study, from 2022 to 2026, FWI will support Gramodaya Trust in expanding higher welfare production methods to at least 50 new farms per year.

Farmers supported with higher welfare farming methods: 250
Fishes expected to lead a better life (estimate): 1-8 million

Become a Fish Welfare Initiative Partner


We’re interested in connecting with more organizations that work with fish farmers in India and who have an interest in animal welfare. If you’re from such an organization, please reach out.

To learn more about the benefits of fish welfare for industry, sustainability, and public health, see Why Fish Welfare.