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FISH meeting: Towards resilient and equitable small-scale fisheries

In collaboration with the Oak Foundation, WorldFish will be hosting Towards resilient and equitable smallscale fisheries meeting from 3rd to 5th September 2019 in WorldFish headquarters, Penang.

The event is supported by a collaboration between the Oak Foundation and WorldFish through the CGIAR Research Program on Fish-Agri Food Systems (FISH). The meeting will convene sixty representatives from SSF research, civil society, intergovernmental agency and non-government organizations and aims to lead the discussions on the emerging new frontiers for small-scale fisheries.

As part of this, WorldFish is leading an initiative to ensure the policy commitments and investments made to support small-scale fisheries (SSF) are leveraged towards environmental management, food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, equitable and good governance.

The initiative seeks to give greater visibility to, and better coordination of, the efforts of multiple actors working towards these outcomes, with the ultimate view to:

  • Increase capacity to coordinate and build collective action among multiple actors to maximize progress towards common goals;
  • Deliver strategic communication leading to greater recognition in policy and investment decisions for the contributions of SSF;
  • Improve collaborative capacity to understand the impacts of investments and institutional innovations towards more resilient SSF.

At the meeting, panel and plenary discussions are designed around on building responsive and inclusive coalitions for impact, delivering a strategic and responsible approach to communication and developing an overarching and complementary framework to evaluate and understand the impact of SSF initiatives.

During the three days, drafted strategies and tools will be presented. The objective is to refine these tools for the stakeholders present, and through these discussions also build a broader coalition or bilateral collaborations to better enable resilient SSF and inclusive ocean, water and landscape governance.

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Location: 
WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to Thursday, September 5, 2019
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WorldFish @ external events: FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

Strengthening The Science-Policy Nexus

Marine and inland fisheries today are an important crossroads. They make a crucial and growing contribution to food, nutrition and livelihood security. Yet, despite significant successes, there is a decreasing overall trend in the proportion of marine fish stocks caught within biologically sustainable levels, especially in the least developed regions.

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this symposium aims to clarify:

  • What is the status of global and regional fisheries sustainability?
  • What are the challenges to improve the sustainability of fish resources?
  • What constitutes evidence, and how do we ensure an evidence basis for decision making? and,
  • What does society expect from marine and inland fisheries in the 21st century?

The objective of this Symposium is to identify pathways to strengthen the science and policy interplay in fisheries production, management and trade, based on solid sustainability principles for improved global outcomes on the ground.

WorldFish and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) agreed to boost their efforts to build the resilience of fishers and small-scale fish farmers, promote sustainable aquaculture, and improve fish value chains. Through this partnership, it aims to harness the power of research in fisheries, aquaculture and fish value chains to improve programmes and policies for the benefit of millions of fishers and fish farmers belonging to some of the world's poorest communities.

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Rome
Italy
Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to Thursday, November 21, 2019
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WorldFish HQ events: Capacity Development Workshop

Capacity Development (CD) is one of the key enablers of the impact pathways for the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-food systems (FISH) and one of the key performance indicators for the program’s success. The global trend in agricultural research and innovation fora is to strengthen the focus on CD as necessary for realizing the impact on the ground.

CD in projects contributing globally to Sustainable Development can help researchers, institutions and fishermen and farmers to discover and develop their own expertise and confidence. However, it is through CD interventions directly from the communities and organizations in these countries, on these territories, that actions can affect and reduce poverty, food insecurity and environmental degradation.

The Capacity Development Workshop will be held in WorldFish’s Headquarters on the 23rd and 24th of May, 2019. The workshop goal is to assess the capacity development activities supported by the FISH CRP program and to establish formally a Capacity Development Community of Practice (CoP) in WorldFish. The workshop will stimulate scientific dialogue around the framework to establish a coordinated approach to capacity development activities and will assess them by trying to respond to ‘what is needed’, ‘what is available and adequate to meet the needs’, ‘what is missing or needs improvement in order to meet the needs’ and ‘what actions are needed.’

The FISH CRP, being a multi-centre research program, makes strength in its geographical representation and its scientific research relevant by fostering the leap from individual learning to sustainable livelihood outcomes and impacts through an integrated cross-country CD approach paying particular attention to gender and youth issues and women’s empowerment.

The FISH theory of change (ToC) centres on the role of multidisciplinary research addressing the challenges outlined for the priority geographies, and the steps from research to development outcomes. It is in response to clearly identify needs of poor producers and consumers of fish along with those women and men whose livelihoods depend upon aquaculture and SSF value chains. Impact pathways for the delivery of outcomes stem from research in sustainable aquaculture and sustaining small-scale fisheries, both focusing on securing sustainable supplies of fish, improving livelihoods of fisheries and farmers and ensuring a contribution of fish to the nutrition and health of the poor.

Capacity development implemented along FISH impact pathways will contribute to enhanced institutional capacity in the public sector and private research organizations and improved capacity of women and youth to participate in decision-making.

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Location: 
WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019 to Friday, May 24, 2019
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WorldFish HQ events: Tilapia Better Management Practices (BMPs) Guidelines Workshop

Tilapia is the world’s second most important farmed fish. Spanning nearly three decades, pioneering selective fish breeding and genetic improvement programs in WorldFish that began in 1988 led to the development of improved tilapia strains, which have been widely disseminated to small holders across the world. WorldFish and partners have played a central role in producing improved strains of Oreochromis niloticus in Asia (GIFT strain), Egypt (Abbassa strain), Ghana (Akosombo strain) and Malawi (Oreochromis shiranus strain). Global production of tilapia now stands close to 7.0 million tonnes valued at over USD 9.8B. It is estimated that GIFT and GIFT derived improved strains contribute to approximately 50% of the global tilapia production.

Tilapia is farmed under diverse farming conditions and farming systems in WorldFish focal and scaling countries. WorldFish and partners in focal and scaling countries (represent different stages along the continuum from development and dissemination of improved tilapia strains) have worked together during the past three decades in the area of fish breeding, genetic improvement and development of aquaculture farming systems and accumulated wealth of knowledge, expertise, experience and resources. Given the long-term efforts that have been invested in producing genetically improved strains of Tilapia, WorldFish has set an approach for developing a package of better management practices (BMPs) for dissemination and farming of genetically improved Tilapia globally.

Towards this end, the first Tilapia BMP workshop was held in WorldFish Abbassa, Egypt in Jan 2019. The workshop convened key people from focal and scaling countries involved in breeding, dissemination and farming of tilapia and agreed on a process for achieving one organization (WorldFish)/one program (FISH) approach through one well-coordinated team to coordinate and facilitate the process of developing tilapia BMP products at global and country levels. The first workshop defined the scope, boundaries and content for the global tilapia BMP guideline document #V1 based on current practice, our R&D innovation and knowledge (including cross-cutting themes such as gender, youth and climate) and learning.

Between the first workshop in Jan 2019 and now, the expert consultant hired under the Zambia Norad project worked with WorldFish BMP team members and produced the first draft of Tilapia BMP guidelines V1.

The second tilapia BMP workshop is planned at WorldFish Headquarters on 22 May 2019. The purpose of the second workshop is to critically review V1 of tilapia BMP guidelines and finalize the same for publication as a FISH output under the SA Flagship of FISH CRP. In addition, the workshop will provide recommendations, on approaches for developing country-specific BMP resources (operational manuals, fact sheets, posters, SOPs, training manuals) and different training tools including digital and animation.

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Location: 
WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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3rd World Irrigation Forum

The triennial World Irrigation Forum (WIF) aims to bring together all the stakeholders involved in irrigation of multi-disciplines and all scales, including the policymakers, experts, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and farmers. It provide a platform for the world irrigation community and interested development professionals to find solutions to problems plaguing the irrigated agriculture, in time of depleting freshwater resources as a result of global warming and climate change.

The World Irrigation Forum stimulates and promotes multidisciplinary discussions towards sustainable solution to water management in agriculture through:

  • Exchange of latest irrigation and drainage policies, practices, innovations and technologies;
  • Exploring and formulating concrete inter-disciplinary proposals;
  • Development of liaison/ collaboration among various national/ international institutions/ organizations/ private sector working for irrigated agriculture; and
  • Advocacy for political commitments
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Location: 
Bali
Indonesia
Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2019 to Saturday, September 7, 2019
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WorldFish Country events: Regional hilsa knowledge-sharing workshop

Lessons for incentive-based hilsa management

A transboundary hilsa fishery workshop will be held in Dhaka. The workshop will take place from 5th to 7th March funded by Darwin Initiative project in partnership with EcoFish Bangladesh.

The objective of the workshop is to move towards cost-effective and scientifically-researched sustainable hilsa management for Bangladesh and Myanmar by establishing a dialogue on a future transboundary management system.

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Location: 
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song

In the small island developing states of the Pacific, catching, trading and eating fish are central to the way of life and local and national economies. Local and external pressures on marine resources, and high reliance on fisheries as a livelihood, mean ...

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WorldFish HQ events: Leadership Development Program

Under the leadership of the WorldFish Director of Aquaculture and Science & FISH Director and MC Chair, Dr. Michael Phillips together with Human Condition Management Consulting (HCMC) group will be organizing a five-day leadership development program.

The five objectives of the program will encompass as below :

  1. Enhance the effectiveness of the Science leadership team through enhanced team performance
  2. Clarify expectations and priorities of the WorldFish Executive Team and Country Leaders and align with the Science Leadership Team priorities
  3. Facilitate agreement of a coherent Research Vision, Program Narrative, Research Priorities and Deliverables for execution in 2019
  4. Determine effective strategies for enhancing the performance, mobilisation and alignment of the research teams
  5. Strengthen the leadership capability of all leaders involved in the program 

Ultimately the program seeks to contribute to enhance the coherence of research teams, strengthen the leadership capabilities by benchmarking unity, cohesion, leadership and research priorities and deliverables.

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Location: 
WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2019 to Friday, March 1, 2019

Global conference: Seeds of Change

Theme: Gender Equality Through Agricultural Research for Development

Seeds of Change Conference is an interdisciplinary gender conference for researchers and practitioners in all fields of agriculture & fisheries (including food/commodity/cash crops, subsistence/semi-subsistence sectors, supply chains, forestry, aquaculture, and water management) which is jointly funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research and University of Canberra.

WorldFish gender researchers, led by Dr. Cynthia McDougall will be participating and presenting in the conference. The following are the sessions by WorldFish gender researchers and/or funded by CRP FISH:

  • Wednesday, 2 April 2019: 9.30 am-12.25 pm

Practice Workshop 2: Developing Gender-responsive Plant and Animal Breeding Programs: Principles, methods and tools Ranjitha Puskur, Vivian Polar, Cynthia McDougall

 

  • Wednesday, 2 April 2019: 1.15-4.15 pm

Practice Workshop 5: Gender-Transformative Approaches in aqua/agriculture, forestry and water management Cynthia McDougall

 

  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019: 11.00 am-12.25 pm (Parallel Session 1)

Integrating gender in agrifood systems research: Principles, pitfalls and ways forward Julie Newton

 

  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019: 11.00 am-12.25 pm (Parallel Session 2)

Panel: Gender Transformative Approaches: Strategies and Emerging Evidence Afrina Choudhury, Cynthia McDougall, Ramona Ridolfi and Steven Cole

 

  • Wednesday, 3 April 2019: 1.30 pm-2.25 pm

Plenary Panel: A conversation with men champions of gender equality: Challenging harmful masculinities for better development outcomes Steve Cole, Surendran Rajaratnam

 

  • Thursday, 4 April 2019: 11.00 am-12.25 pm (Parallel Session 4)

Gender integration in small scale fisheries - The challenge of integration at scale Danika Kleiber

 
  • Poster: Not recognizing women actors in aquaculture: Does the private sector lose business? Zinat Hasiba

 

More on WorldFish gender research in the spotlight at Seeds of Change Conference, read here.

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Location: 
Canberra
Australia
Date: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to Thursday, April 4, 2019
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Colaboración para la creación de resiliencia: una guía para profesionales

Colaborating for Resilience tiene como objetivo catalizar el cambio institucional a fin de abordar desafíos comunes en la gestión de los recursos naturales. En este manual se presenta un método para organizar el diálogo,emprender acciones conjuntas y ...

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