A virtual learning event exploring global development perspectives on the growing recognition, backed by scientific data, on the potential and role of aquatic foods in transforming food systems to nourish people and planet.
Date: Thursday, 22 September 2022
Time: 00:25-01:15 (UTC+8)
The Perspectives in Global Development seminars are co-sponsored by the Department of Global Development, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the School of Integrative Plant Science of Cornell University.
Global hunger and malnutrition rates have been increasing, exacerbated by disruptions, including climate change, conflicts and COVID-19. Over the past three years, these disruptions have reversed the progress we have made towards achieving Agenda 2030, especially meeting the targets of SDG 2: Zero Hunger. Aquatic food systems provide food and nutrition security and livelihood opportunities for over three billion people, globally, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Studies have shown that aquatic foods have lower economic and environmental costs when compared to land-based foods. A paradigm shift, to diversify and build resilience in aquatic food systems, is necessary to optimize the reach of aquatic foods in nourishing people and planet. This requires strong commitments by food systems enablers, including governments and policymakers, research institutions, the private sector, and local communities.
In this session, WorldFish's Global Lead in Nutrition and Public Health and the 2021 World Food Prize, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted will present her groundbreaking research, critical insights and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to fisheries and aquaculture. By bringing together interdisciplinary collaborators over her decades of research work, she drove the transformations of food systems with aquatic foods to deliver improved food and nutrition security, resilient ecosystems and secure livelihoods for millions of poor and vulnerable people across the globe.