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Two Swiss-funded projects by WorldFish boost profitability of 4000 fish farmers by 13% and result in loans for 1000 women entrepreneurs surpassing 2 million Egyptian pounds.

Cairo, Egypt- The closing of the Swiss-funded Sustainable Transformation of Egypt’s Aquaculture Market Systems (STREAMS) and the Youth Employment in Aswan Governorate (YEAG) projects took place on 22 May in Cairo, Egypt in the presence of the Minister of ...

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Characterizing fish supply and aquaculture systems in Myanmar as a guide to measuring environmental footprints

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors in the world and an attractive option for improving livelihood security, especially in developing countries. Yet as aquaculture assumes greater significance as a means to meet global food ...

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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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Location: 
Rome
Italy
Date: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to Thursday, November 21, 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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WorldFish Headquarters
Malaysia
Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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The Economist’s Feeding the Future Summit 2019

How much is enough?

In 2011, the global population surpassed 7 billion, and the United Nations predicts it will reach 9 billion by 2045. Also, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, our food system faces the pressure of producing about 70% more food for the growing population.

Along with population growth, urbanization and changing food demands are also pressuring Asia’s food systems and could threaten food security if they are not addressed. To find innovative solutions, governments, NGOs, academia, business leaders, scientists and the food industry will have to work together.

Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, Leader of the Value Chains and Nutrition Research Program at WorldFish has been invited to join as a panelist for "Affordability —where does the buck stop?" session at 2.00 pm (GMT+8). Join Shakuntala talks on how governments, businesses and participants in every stage of the supply chain work together to improve affordability without driving down standards and who is responsible for ensuring food is affordable

This event will open up debate around the economic and geopolitical risks involved in food production, and explore the ways science and technology can tackle them now and in the future that will bring together leading thinkers from government, industry, NGOs, academia and agriculture to examine the varied and complex challenges and opportunities across the region.

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Singapore
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019
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Special events: IRRI-IWMI-WorldFish five-year tripartite agreement

Three CGIAR Centers come together on research collaboration in accelerating the global food system transformation aligned with the CGIAR 2030 Plan.

Leaders from International Rice Research Institute, International Water Management Institute and WorldFish signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 9th April 2019.

Through this agreements and collaborations, the centers aim to address future sustainability not on single technology but through intersection around food system particularly in Southeast Asia where rice, water, and fish have a direct impact on the livelihood of the farmer but also managing the environmental impact.

WorldFish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone shared that the multi-agency partnership provides a strategic push for wider research, promotion, and implementation of integrated rice-fish systems and builds on previous successes of WorldFish and its partners.

Read more on IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia here.

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Los Banos Laguna
Philippines
Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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World Seafood Congress 2019

Theme: Seafood Supply Chains of the Future

WorldFish will be partnering with Penang Institute and other partners to co-hosting the World Seafood Congress (WSC) 2019. The conference will study and discuss aspects of innovation, responsibility and sustainability in cutting-edge research relevant to the fishing industry at large, with Asia being given special focus.

With the theme “Seafood Supply Chains of the Future”, the conference unites a distinctive and world-class blend of scientists, researchers and leaders both from the scholarly community and industry to trade their information, experiences and research advancements on fish inspection, quality management and technological developments in the seafood sector. It will also address existing and evolving conditions that are critical for the sustainability of fisheries, aquaculture and ocean ecosystems, and demonstrate new innovations and solutions to these challenges.

There will be 11 themes under 3 topics during the World Seafood Congress and the list of the themes are as follow:

  • The Future of the Seafood Industry
  • International Trade
  • Digital Globalization of the Seafood Industry
  • Women in the Seafood Industry
  • Consumer Protection and Food Safety
  • Fishing Governance
  • Food Security
  • Aquaculture
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Responsible Seafood
  • Multi-Regional Perspective for Delivering Sustainable Development Goals
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Pulau Pinang
Malaysia
Date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019 to Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019

Theme: Transforming food systems under a changing climate

Agricultural development can be slow and uneven, often not reaching the people who are most vulnerable and in pockets of deep, entrenched poverty. It is further hindered by climate change, which disproportionally affects agriculture and threatens the achievement of SDG targets on food security and poverty. In order to achieve food security, increase productivity, alleviate poverty among rural communities, build resilience to climate change and other stresses, and reduce agricultural emissions, a complete transformation in agriculture is needed over the next decade, going beyond business as usual and piecemeal short-term projects.

The overarching theme of the 5th conference, ‘Transforming food systems under a changing climate’, takes cognizance of the need for transformation and aims to build the knowledge base needed to support the transformation required.

The conference will focus on 6 interlinked sub-themes, which are the key elements of agricultural transformation :

  1. Strong farmer and consumer organizations and networking
  2. Digitally enabled climate-informed services
  3. Climate-resilient and low-emission practices and technologies
  4. Innovative finance to leverage public and private sector investments
  5. Reshaping supply chains, food retail, marketing and procurement
  6. Gender equality, capacity and enabling policy and institutions
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Location: 
Bali
Indonesia
Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to Thursday, October 10, 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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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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Dhaka
Bangladesh
Date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Thursday, March 7, 2019
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