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LAUNCH INVITATION: New FISH research program Fisheries and aquaculture critical to development goals

20 June 2017


What: Launch event for CGIAR Research Program on Fish ( FISH)

Who: Master of Ceremony: Dr. Michael Phillips, Program Director, FISH

  • Keynote speech: Mr. Michael Katambo, Zambia, Minister of Fisheries and Livestock
  • Presentation on behalf of host government: Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
  • Presentation on behalf of WorldFish Board of Trustees: Ms. Yvonne Pinto
  • Presentation on behalf of NEPAD: Senior representative
  • Presentation on behalf CGIAR: Senior representative

When: Tuesday, 27 June 2, 1300-1430

Where: Please join us at World Aquaculture 2017 in the “Registration Foyer” of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, 1300-1430, 27 June 2017, for lunch and the launch of FISH.

Why: The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be achieved if we do not take into account the power of aquaculture and fisheries to positively affect livelihoods, food and nutrition security. The sectors contribute to the livelihoods of 800 million people; in the fisheries sector, 90 percent of those are in small-scale fisheries and 97 percent live in developing countries.

Pursuing a research agenda through a network of multi-stakeholder partners, FISH seeks to harness emerging science to enhance the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to poverty reduction and improvements in food security and nutrition.

The research program partners closely with governments, NGOs, the private sector and research organizations to contribute to improving national, regional and global policy and development practice.

  • Fish is the animal-source food with the fastest-growing production in the world, and in low-income food deficit countries it is often the cheapest and most accessible for poor consumers.
  • Sustainable aquaculture practices offer water, energy and feed conversion efficiencies superior to any other domesticated animal food production system—and fish is the only animal-source food that can be produced in saltwater, offering unique advantages for climate resilient production.
  • Sustainable intensification of production—including in integrated fish and farming systems—along with nutrition sensitive processing and trade, offer distinct opportunities to build the income and assets of women and youth.
  • Fish consumption has a critical role to play in boosting dietary diversity and reducing the number of people who suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, with lifelong benefits for health and productivity.

Original press release . A livestream of the event will be available.

If you would like to attend this event please respond e-mail t.johnson@cgiar.org with your name, name of publication, country and e-mail.

Require more information or would like to request an interview, please contact:

Toby Johnson, Head of Communications
Mobile Tel: +60 (0) 175 124 606
Email: t.johnson@cgiar.org
Web: worldfishcenter.org
Photography: flickr.com/photos/theworldfishcenter/

About WorldFish

WorldFish is an international, nonprofit research organization that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to strengthen livelihoods and improve food and nutrition security. Globally, more than one billion poor people obtain most of their animal protein from fish and 800 million depend on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. WorldFish is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

About FISH

Pursuing a research agenda through a network of multistakeholder partners, The CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH) enhances the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to reducing poverty and improving food security and nutrition. FISH brings together a unique set of multi-stakeholder partnerships to harness emerging science in aquaculture and fisheries to deliver development outcomes at scale. FISH is led by WorldFish, together with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia; the International Water Management Institute ; Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich (NRI) , England and Wageningen University , Netherlands. In regional contexts, the program partners closely with governments, NGOs, the private sector and research organizations to influence national, regional and global policy and development practice.

About CGIAR

CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. Its science is carried out by the 15 research Centers that are members of the CGIAR Consortium in collaboration with hundreds of partners.

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