FAO and WorldFish agreement aims to harness the power of fisheries and aquaculture research
The International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (WorldFish) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have agreed to boost their efforts to build the resilience of fishing people and small-scale fish farmers, promote sustainable aquaculture, and improve fish value chains.
The partnership will harness the power of research in fisheries, aquaculture and fish value chains to improve programmes and policies for the benefit of millions of fishermen and fish farmers belonging to some of the world's poorest communities.
Worldwide, nearly 60 million people (14% of them women) are directly employed in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
The latest edition of FAO's The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report projects that by 2030 combined production from capture fisheries and aquaculture will grow to 201 million tonnes, and 18% increase over the current production level of 171 million tonnes.
But the report warns that future growth will require continued progress in strengthening fisheries management regimes, reducing loss and waste, and tackling problems like illegal fishing, pollution of aquatic environments, and climate change.
â€˜This partnership is a fantastic opportunity to enhance the impact of fish on the well-being of millions of consumers, producers and fishery-dependent people worldwide. It combines WorldFishâ€™s research skills and experience with FAOâ€™s policy-making capacity for greater impact,â€™ said Gareth Johnstone, Director General of WorldFish.
The partnership will focus on: enhancing the role of fish in improving peopleâ€™s food security, nutrition and livelihoods; providing policy advice to countries and to drive high-level dialogue on fishery and aquaculture developments; support countries to develop projects and programmes in sustainable aquaculture, small-scale fisheries and fish value chains.
Initiatives will have a global and a regional reach, with a particular focus on Asia â€“ the region with the most fishers and fish farmers, representing 85% of the people employed in fisheries and aquaculture worldwide.
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