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WorldFish @ external events: FAO Symposium on ‘Future of Food’

Malnutrition in all its forms continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by our generation. While undernutrition persists in some countries, we are witnessing an unprecedented rise in obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Once considered a problem of high-income countries, obesity and overweight are now also on the rise in low- and middle-income countries.

Although currently, the world produces enough food to feed everyone, 821 million people were undernourished in 2017 (FAO et al., 2018). This situation does not reflect only a lack of food access but also highlights economic and social inequalities generated by current food systems (Béné et al., 2019).

FAO, an international organization with the vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition, is deeply engaged in the discourse around the future of food and food systems. Future food and agriculture must move towards the path of sustainability- achieving more with less and producing safe and nutritious food for all while limiting the use of natural resources. This requires an integrated approach that incorporates food hazards control across the entire food system.

The first FAO/WHO Food safety conference held last Feb '19 in Addis Ababa emphasized the importance of “integrating food safety into national and regional policies […] by setting a firm political commitment and coherent action across multiple sectors in order to promote safe and diversified healthy diets”.

The Symposium on the Future of Food meeting will be held on 10 and 11 June 2019 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States (FAO) headquarters in Rome. To inaugurate the two-day symposium, FAO is convening the Academia Perspective Roundtable on the 10 June 2019, to provide an opportunity for the representative of academia to lead policy reform, identify new interdisciplinary approaches and innovations, and understand societal needs and impacts to prepare for a viable food-secure future. Dr. Gareth Johnstone, WorldFish Director General will be participating in the roundtable discussion. This important dialogue will be a lead-in to The Future of Food Systems event with the purpose to promote best practices and new approaches for making food systems sustainable and capable of providing nutritious and sustainable diets for all by 2030.

The symposium will draw on up-to-date knowledge and innovations among the scientific community represented by academics and researchers from different universities, for addressing challenges related to the sustainability of food systems.

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FAO Headquarters, Rome
Italy
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Monday, June 10, 2019 to Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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WorldFish @ external events: SAFANSI Roundtable: High Impact and Underrepresented Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia

WorldFish Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted will be joining in as the forefront panelist at the 3rd Roundtable Events - High Impact and Underrepresented Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia hosted by South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI), which is administered by the World Bank with funding from the UK Government, and the European Commission.

This year, the roundtable discussion will be centering on High Impact and Underrepresented Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in South Asia. WorldFish will be sharing with a focus on its pioneer work and projects in fisheries-nutrition and aquaculture research undertake by WorldFish and partners.

SAFANSI is a multi-donor program that seeks to advance the food and nutrition security agenda and foster intersectoral action in South Asia. Since its inception in 2010, SAFANSI has supported over 95 initiatives across South Asia. The strategic approach fostered by SAFANSI is to increase in the commitment of governments and development partners in South Asia region (SAR) for Food and Nutrition Security-related policies and programs will lead to measurable improvements in Food and Nutrition Security.

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Grand Hyatt Erawan, Bangkok,
Thailand
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Monday, June 17, 2019 to Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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6th EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2019

While over 800 million people – more than one in 10 worldwide – suffer from undernutrition, one-third of all food produced goes to waste. Levels of overweight and obesity continue to increase, now affecting more than two billion children and adults. Unhealthy diets have become a leading risk factor for disease globally and the main driver of the epidemic of chronic conditions. To end malnutrition in all its forms, the world must holistically address all food-related challenges.

Since its inception in 2014, EAT Forum has gain attention from scientists from across the globes. EAT Forum is the first global initiative that integrates knowledge to transform the global food system, health and sustainability. The 2019 forum will be informed by the findings of the landmark report by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health launched on January 17, 2019. The EAT-Lancet report is the first full scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up food system transformation.

Side events: Blue Food Assessment (BFA) Workshop - Putting aquatic production at the heart of global food systems

On June 11, 2019, the EAT Forum will be hosting a side event at the Resilience Centre. The Blue Food Assessment (BFA) expert workshop for the first time will:

  • generate a high-resolution assessment of what different blue food diets would imply for human health, environmental sustainability and development trajectories
  • assess the most likely implications of an expansion of aquaculture and fishery production on the safe operating space of food systems (including environmental sustainability and human health) and equitable access to those resources for vulnerable populations
  • identify the socio-economic opportunities and constraints that will shape blue food production in the future and policy options for transforming the sector towards greater sustainability

WorldFish Director of Aquaculture and Fisheries Sciences Dr. Michael Phillips, and WorldFish Program Leader of Value Chains and Nutrition, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted have been invited to join the discussion along with ten distinguished international experts to a one-day workshop. Building on the work of the EAT-Lancet Commission, the BFA expert workshop aims to significantly expand the existing scientific understanding of the role of blue foods for planetary health and human wellbeing and outline pathways for a transformation to sustainable and healthy blue foods for all humans on the planet, now and in the future.

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Stockholm
Sweden
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 to Thursday, June 13, 2019
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CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH): Proposed research in fish feeds and nutrition

This is a poster presentation on WorldFish Research in Fish Feeds and Nutrition at the 18th International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding (ISFNF 2018), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, June 3rd-7th, 2018. (Poster number 2.46) Aquaculture Fish ...

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The market for Egyptian farmed fish

Egypt’s aquaculture production (921,585 tonnes in 2010) is by far the largest of any African country. The aquaculture sector, dominated by semi-intensive pond production of tilapia, makes a significant contribution to income, employment creation and food ...

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Planning the use of fish for food security in Solomon Islands

This study was funded through the USAID-supported Coral Triangle Support Partnership (CTSP). This study provides an insight into the changing demand for fish in the Solomon Islands over the next 20 years. It supports US CTI Indicator 3 — “Number of ...

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Post-harvest handling of low-value fish products and threats to nutritional quality: a review of practices in the Lake Victoria region

Under the Regional Programme Fisheries and HIV/AIDS in Africa, implemented by the WorldFish Center in collaboration with FAO, this paper is the second in a series of papers that have been generated from reviewing literature on trends in consumption and ...

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Small-scale aquaculture for rural livelihoods: Proceedings of the Symposium on Small-scale aquaculture for increasing resilience of Rural Livelihoods in Nepal. 5-6 Feb 2009. Kathmandu, Nepal

Over the years, aquaculture has developed as one of the fastest growing food production sectors in Nepal. However, local fish supplies have been extremely inadequate to meet the ever increasing demand in the country. Nepal imports substantial quantities ...

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Fish for human nutrition [in English and Bengali]

More than two billion people are estimated to be deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, also called micronutrients. Preschool-aged children and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable, and have high prevalence of iron and vitamin A deficiencies. ...

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Genetic improvement and effective dissemination: keys to prosperous and sustainable aquaculture industries

There is an increasing demand for fish in the world due to a growing population, better economic situation in some sectors, and greater awareness of health issues in relation to food. Since capture fisheries have stagnated, fish farming has become a very ...

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