CFS 47 Side Event: Exploring the application of CFS instruments to address gender, youth, inequality and data systems in small-scale fisheries

An event as part of a series of plenary sessions hosted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to build a global narrative towards making a difference in food security and nutrition by 2030.

Date: Monday, 8 February 2021

Time: 20:00-21:15 (UTC+8)

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This event will draw findings from the HLPE 7 on Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture for Food Security and Nutrition, the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and the Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) were endorsed to the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) to enhance the contribution of small-scale fisheries to food security and nutrition and fulfill their shared common goal of building a sustainable, resilient and inclusive food future for all.

Hosted by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the event will gather speakers from from top to bottom stakeholders, including WorldFish’s Honorary Fellow, John Kurien, who in the past has made a call to scientists and policymakers to listen and respect the values of the fisher people of the world as well as Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, Shakuntala Thilsted, who was recently appointed as the Vice Chair of UN Food Systems Action 4 for Equitable Livelihoods, to highlight the actions needed to improve the issues of gender, youth, inequality and data systems for small-scale fisheries in sustainable food systems.

Keynote speech by

  • John Kurien, Honorary Fellow, WorldFish
    • SSF Guidelines CFS 4 instruments

Panel speakers and their presentations:

  • Shakuntala Thilsted, Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish
    • Applying the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crisis and the Right to Food Guidelines to tackle inequalities in small-scale fisheries
  • Manas Roshan, Programme Officer, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
    • Operationalizing the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems (RAi Principles) and the SSF Guidelines to promote Youth empowerment in small-scale fisheries
  • Ragnhild Overa, Associate Professor at Department of Geography, University of Bergen
    • Utilizing the Tenure Guidelines and the SSF Guidelines to address gender issues in Fish Value Chains
  • Molly Ahern, Food Security and Nutrition Specialist, FAO
    • Increasing Recognition of the Right to Food in Small-Scale Fisheries through Data Systems

For more information about the CFS47 event, check out the CFS 47 Side Event Schedule and the Provisional Timetable. For any queries, reach out to the CFS Secretariat at:

Check out UN_CFS and the hashtag #CFS47 to follow the virtual dialogue on Twitter. Learn more about WorldFish’s participation in last year’s CFS Partner Event on Building Forward Better with Aquatic Foods.

We look forward to your active participation.