World Ocean Summit Virtual Week

A series of deep dives exploring global initiatives for a sustainable ocean economy.

Date: Monday-Friday, 1-5 March 2021

Time: 20:00 PM - 01:00 AM (UTC+8)

In this event hosted by The Economist Group's World Ocean Initiative, multi-disciplinary experts came together to discuss investment opportunities for improved food security and nutrition amidst COVID-19 and climate change shocks in coastal areas of low- and middle- income countries.

Digital Fisheries in the Commonwealth: What is it?

A virtual dialogue exploring technological advancements to boost small-scale fisheries in Commonwealth countries.

Date: Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Time: 17:30 - 19:00 (UTC+8)

In this event hosted by The Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment (CCA), multi-sector experts came together to discuss current innovative trends in the digitalization of aquatic food systems. 

COVID-19 impacts and adaptations in Asia and Africa’s aquatic food value chains

We tracked the impacts of COVID-19 on aquatic food value chains in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Myanmar and Nigeria during 2020. We assessed the availability and price of aquatic foods and production inputs using a high frequency panel survey of 767 actors from eight value chain nodes. We also conducted semi-structured phone interviews with 63 respondents in Bangladesh and online interviews with 100 aquatic food value chain actors and key informants from 17 sub-Saharan African countries.

Guide to improving live fish transportation with special attention to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh and other tropical developing countries

The main objective of this guide is to improve human safety during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to harvesting and transporting live fish. Other objectives include (i) providing safer methods for handling and transportation, (ii) improving animal welfare, (iii) reducing road safety hazards, and (iv) detailing methods to reduce the cost of live fish transportation. However, some farmers and traders use inappropriate transportation practices, which have led to health hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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