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Business as usual not enough to meet future fish demand says new report

A new report notes that the world’s requirement for fish for human consumption in 2030 will exceed the 170 million metric ton trajectory of today’s production system by 62 million metric tons. Getting to Eden, a report from global action network Fishing ...

Type: Press Release

Farmed small fish can significantly reduce Bangladesh vitamin A deficiency

A new study indicates that a long-term commitment to the farming of small fish in Bangladesh could save as many as 3000 lives over an 11-year period. The study focuses on the farming of mola, a small indigenous fish species that can be easily grown in ...

Type: Press Release

Contagious exploitation of fish stocks calls for re-thinking of global fisheries governance

Global marine resource exploitation can spread following patterns that are analogous to disease epidemics says a new paper by WorldFish and Stockholm Resilience Centre. The study highlights how the speed and connectivity of seafood commerce is challenging ...

Type: Press Release

New private GIFT hatchery in Timor-Leste boosts fish seed supply

In recent years, more and more rural households in Timor-Leste have taken up fish farming driven by increasing knowledge of a locally-tested and proven approach to growing fish and better access to quality genetically-improved farmed tilapia (GIFT) seed. ...

Type: Story

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
Monday, June 10, 2019 to Tuesday, June 11, 2019
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Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy

This short video story highlights the findings of WorldFish leading researcher Philippa Cohen’s paper on Securing a just space for small scale fisheries in the blue economy,  published at the Frontiers journal in April 2019.  ...

Type: Video

Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy

The vast development opportunities offered by the world’s coasts and oceans have attracted the attention of governments, private enterprises, philanthropic organizations and international conservation organizations. High-profile dialogue and policy ...

Type: Publication

Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of Poor Farming Households (IFSL)

The Improving Food Security and Livelihoods of Poor Farming Households (IFSL) project aims to assist 180,000 smallholder farmers in Bangladesh by improving access to appropriate technical advice and affordable inputs as well as business and marketing ...

Type: Project

Resources for women's agency, household food security, and women's dietary diversity in urban Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, up to 45% of the population was living in urban areas as of 2010, and the estimated prevalence of urban poverty was approximately 20%. Yet, very little is known about the food security and diets of the urban poor. To date, studies of the ...

Type: Publication

FISH events: Visioning for a Learning Hub of Excellence

WorldFish researchers from Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and partner organization, James Cook University are meeting next week at the Nusa Tupe Research Station in Western Province of Solomon Islands.

For 20 years, WorldFish research in the Solomon Islands has sought to improve the performance of fisheries and aquaculture for food security and human wellbeing. Insights from this work are shared across the Pacific region.

In this week meeting, FISH Flagship Leader Sustaining Small-Scale Fisheries, Dr. Phillippa Cohen, and WorldFish Country Director Solomon Islands, Dr. Delvene Boso together with a team of researchers will be gathered in Solomon Islands Nusa Tupe research station to refine and further develop plans of the four major research pillars that fall under the FISH CRP: 

  • Nutrition-sensitive approaches to fisheries management and value chains
  • Gender-inclusive community-based, co-management of fisheries resources
  • Resilient and equitable fish-based livelihoods to reduce poverty and improve nutrition
  • Building adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

The Nusa Tupe station brings the organization's global mission - to improve livelihoods and food security through fisheries and aquaculture - to sea in the Solomon Islands.

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Nusa Tupe Research Station
Solomon Islands
Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019
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