Global Panel Policy Brief Launch: Harnessing Aquaculture for Healthy Diets

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An expert discussion exploring policy and investment opportunities for the growth of nutrition-sensitive aquaculture in low- and middle-income countries.

Date: Monday, 15 February 2021
Time: 20:00-21:30 (UTC+8)

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Aquatic foods offer a life-changing opportunity for the hundreds of millions of undernourished people around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. They have an integral role to play in a sustainable food systems transformation for healthy people and planet. 

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food sectors globally. It’s sustainable and equitable growth offers an opportunity to achieve multiple 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals. However, aquatic food systems are largely missing from key global food policy discussions and decision-making.

The launch of the latest Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition policy brief ‘Harnessing aquaculture for healthy diets’ explores the opportunities and benefits that aquaculture offers to global food security, nutrition, health, employment, and the natural environment.  The event aims to encourage and support policymakers, funders and researchers by providing options for nutrition-sensitive aquaculture policies to help deliver sustainable, healthy diets for all.

Welcoming remarks by

  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
  • John Beddington, Senior Adviser, Oxford Martin School & Professor of Natural Resource Management, Oxford University

Introduction to brief by

  • Andrew Thorne-Lyman, Associate Scientist, Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Patrick Webb, Alexander McFarlane Professor at Tufts University (Boston) & Senior Adviser to the Global Panel

Perspectives on brief by

  • Shakuntala Thilsted, Research Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish
  • Sloans Chimatiro, Managing Director, Tayali Analytics
  • Sunila Rai, Program Coordinator for the Fisheries Program, Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry University

Moderated by

  • Sandy Thomas, Director of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN)

Follow WorldFish and Glopan and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to join the virtual dialogue on Twitter.

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