Aquatic food producers, traders and consumers join government representatives to voice game-changing solutions for a food systems transformation toward healthy sustainable diets for all.

Date: Monday, 26 July 2021 

Time: 19:30-20:20 (UTC+8)

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Across the world, aquatic foods are essential to local diets, food production and cultures. For many in low- and middle-income countries, the production, processing, trade and consumption of aquatic foods unlock economic opportunities and contribute to food and nutrition security at low environmental costs. Nations like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Timor-Leste hold valuable lessons on how aquatic foods provide food systems solutions that work for people and planet. 

In this Pre-Summit Affiliated Session on ‘Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet,’ hosted by WorldFish and key partners, aquatic food producers, processors, traders and consumers with member state ministers came together to showcase their game-changing solutions across all 5 UN Food Systems Summit Action tracks and together with high-level decision-makers shaped commitments to harness aquatic foods to lead COVID-19 recovery and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  


Moderator and Opening Remarks:

Nitya Rao, Professor, Gender & Development, School of International Development, University of East Anglia & Member, Steering Group, High-Level Panel of Experts, Committee on World Food Security (CFS)


Presentations on Game-changing Solutions from the Field:

Arpana Rani Das, Fisherwoman and Group Leader, Village-Gurukchi, Upazila- Goyainghat, District-Sylhet, Bangladesh

Suzane Kuria, First Vice Chairperson, African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFishNet), Kenya

Salifu Hawa Ajuma, CEO, Hasanta Integrated Farm Enterprises, Nigeria


Presentation on Policy Solutions for Healthy People and Planet:

Anu Garg, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources (DWR), Government of Odisha, India

Ime S. Umoh, Director, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria

Elídio de Araújo, Secretary of States for Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste


Closing Remarks:

Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead in Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish & Vice Chair, UN Food Systems Summit, Action Track 4 ‘Advancing Equitable Livelihoods


Follow WorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to check out past conversations on Twitter. 

UN Food Systems Pre-Summit Affiliated Session: Aquatic foods for healthy people and planet