Nourishing people and planet with aquatic foods

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    04:30 pm > 06:00 pm
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A UN Food System Summit Science Day Side Event exploring evidence-based sustainable aquatic food solutions for improved food and nutrition security and livelihoods for all.

Date: Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Time: 16:30 – 18:00 (UTC+8) 

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Aquatic foods – the diverse animals, plants, and microorganisms harvested from and grown in water – offer game-changing solutions to transform our food systems to nourish all people while sustaining the health of our planet. Often overlooked in food system agendas, this session event aquatic food science and innovation across the Summit’s Action Tracks, traveling through recent evolutions in the production, processing, trade and consumption of aquatic foods in the recent past, and exploring holistic approaches to provide improved sustainable healthy diets and economic opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable.

In this UN Food Systems Summit Science Day side event hosted by WorldFish and FAO, multidisciplinary researchers from a diversity of regions will share how aquatic food systems’ innovations are leading the way to achieve the 2030 agenda. The discussions identified key actions needed to drive multi-stakeholder collaborations and commitments to ensure aquatic food systems transformations are a central part of UN Food Systems Summit outcomes.

Opening Remarks:

  • Manuel  Barange, Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO

Research presentation: The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets for all, UN Nutrition 

  • Shakuntala  Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health , WorldFish  & Vice Chair Action Track 4: Advance Equitable Livelihoods , UNFSS 2021
  • Molly Ahern, Food Security and Nutrition Specialist, FAO Fisheries

Research presentation: Harnessing aquaculture for healthy diets, GLOPAN 

  • Patrick Webb, Alexander MacFarlane Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University

Panel discussion:

  • Tinna Manani, Dean, Faculty of Food and Human Sciences, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Mrityunjoy Kunda, Professor, Department of Aquatic Resource Management, Sylhet Agricultural University
  • Ravishankar C.N., Director of ICAR-CIFT, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Sandra Caroline Grant, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)

Concluding Remarks:

  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish


  • Tana Lala-Pritchard, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation and Communication, WorldFish

To learn more about the outcomes of the first dialogue, explore the list of questions and answers.

Follow WorldFish and hashtag #aquaticfoods to check out past conversations on Twitter.