World Seafood Congress: WorldFish Parallel Session

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    Setia SPICE Convention Centre, Penang, Malaysia

On the second day of the World Seafood Congress, 10 September 2019, Tuesday, the Multi-regional perspectives for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals session will be chaired and organized by WorldFish, an international non-profit research organization working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and member of the CGIAR a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

The CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH CRP) led by WorldFish, aims to enhance the sustainability, productivity and resilience of fish agri-food systems to reduce poverty, enhance food and nutrition security, and improve natural resource systems. FISH pursues its integrated body of research in six focal countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia) and two research and training hub in Egypt and Solomon Islands.

Four years since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2019 UN’s SDGs Report notes progress in some areas, such as on extreme poverty reduction, widespread immunization, decrease in child mortality rates and increase in people’s access to electricity, but warns that global response has not been ambitious enough, leaving the most vulnerable people and countries to suffer the most.

This session aims to give a multi-regional perspectives for delivering the sustainable development goals highlighting the research impact on small scale fisheries and aquaculture in developing economies as well as to provide an overview of the regions implementation efforts, areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind and that the SDGs will be met by 2030. Details of the agenda are as per below:

Room 7: Multi-regional perspectives for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals


13:30 – 13:45  Intro and setting the scene, Mr. David Shearer, WorldFish

13:45 – 14:00  FAO AND SDG 14 – Seeking a Pragmatic Approach towards Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability, Marcio Castro De Souza, FAO

14:00 14:15    The CGIAR Research Program on FISH and its contribution to the SDGs, Dr. Mike Phillips, WorldFish

14:15 – 14:30  The Future of the Seafood Industry for Achieving SDGs in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Tran Nhoung, WorldFish

14:30 – 14:50  Exploring synergies between SDGs through partnership collaboration Rodolfo Dam Lam, Tokyo University

14:50 – 15:10  Q&A and intro to next session ​, Ms. Paola Reale, WorldFish


15:30 – 15:40 GIFT Tilapia – New Technologies in Aquaculture, Dr. John Benzie, WorldFish

15:40 – 15:50  Hilsa Fishery Management in Bangladesh, Dr. Jalilur Rahman, WorldFish

15:50 – 16:00   Fish & Roots, Tubers and Bananas in Agri-Food Systems, Molly Atkins, WorldFish

16:00 – 16:10  Marine Product’s Intensification for Regional Economy Development: Business Plan for Sustainable Fishery of East Sumba, Indonesia, Yoppie Christian, IPB

16:10 – 16:20  Domestic Marketing Channels of Reef Fish in Lingayen Gulf, Philippines: Linking Fisheries to Tourism, Shielameh Peralta-Milan, Tokyo University

16:30 – 16:50  Harnessing Global Fisheries to Tackle Micronutrient Deficiencies, Dr. Philippa Cohen, WorldFish

16:40 – 17:10  Q&A, Ms. Paola Reale,

16:40 – 17:10  Conclusions, Mr. David Shearer, WorldFish & Paola Reale, WorldFish


Below the other session involving WorldFish researchers:

Room 6 Sustainability: Aquaculture: 

09:30 – 09:50  Genetic Technologies in Aquaculture, Dr. John Benzie, WorldFish

Room 11 Innovation: Women in the Seafood Industry

09:50 – 10:10  Turning the Tide: ReThinking Framing and Strategies for  Gender Inclusive Seafood Sector Transformation, Cynthia MacDougall, WorldFish

Room 12 Responsibility: Food Security  

16:30 – 16:50  Harnessing Global Fisheries to Tackle Micronutrient Deficiencies, Philippa Cohen, WorldFish