Transforming food systems with aquatic foods: Scaling up sustainable production solutions

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An Independent Dialogue exploring the actions needed to drive aquatic food solutions as part of the UN Food Systems Summit.

Date: Thursday, 20 May 2021
Time: 19:00-20:30 (UTC+8)

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In the lead up to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, the Global Action Network, Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition will hold a series of three Independent Dialogues in an effort to include aquatic foods as key solutions for food and nutrition security. The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this second dialogue, food and nutrition security experts and high-level representatives from science and policy development showcased possible solutions and discussed ways to scale good ideas as part of the summit’s Action Track 3, which aims to boost nature-positive production. The panelists took a holistic approach, combining knowledge on different aspects of food and nutrition security and discussed scaling up sustainable production of aquatic foods for healthy, nutritious diets and equitable livelihood outcomes within planetary bounds.

Opening Remarks

  • José Luis Chicoma, Minister of Production, Peru

Walking the talk: Showcasing possible solutions

  • Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Senior Economist, UNCTAD; Coordinator, United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards
  • Prof. Karol Barragan Fonseca, Professor (Tenure Track), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Peter Limbu, Fisheries Technical Lead, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tanzania
  • Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel, Innovation Manager, HATCH

Connecting research and policy: How do we scale up good solutions

  • Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO, Palau International Coral Reef Center, Ocean Panel Sherpa
  • Dr. Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
  • Dr. Jeroen Dijkman, Managing Director, Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University and Research
  • Prof. James Njiru, Director General, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

Closing Remarks

  • Timothy Fitzgerald, Senior Director, Oceans Environmental Defense Fund

Special Message

  • Joao Campari, Chair, Action Track 3: Boosting nature-positive production systems


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

This event was opened and closed by the Senior Technical Specialist in Fisheries and Aquaculture at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and member of the Global Action Network Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition, Richard Abila.

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

Follow Global Action NetworkWorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to check out past conversations on Twitter.