Internship (The role of fisheries to food and nutrition security)

Fish is one of the most valuable wild foods, providing an accessible and affordable nutrient dense food source and income and employment to millions of people globally. Increasing evidence points to the role fish plays to human health and the sector has been recognised as contributing an essential role in tackling food and nutrition security worldwide. Small-scale inland and marine capture fisheries provide a large supply of global fisheries, particularly in developing countries, and plays a critical role in the livelihoods and diets of rural remote communities and indigenous populations. However, small-scale capture fisheries (SSF) are one of the most under-reported fisheries sectors and their contribution to food and nutrition security is largely undocumented and under-valued. Critical knowledge gaps remain in understanding the contribution of the sector, via direct and indirect pathways, to food security across diverse contexts, the flow of benefits to vulnerable populations, and the contributions to nutrition outcomes.

The objectives of this internship is to conduct a global literature review on the contributions of SSF, both inland and marine, to food and nutrition security, and to support data analyses on the associations between consumption of fish from SSF and nutritional outcomes of vulnerable populations. The internship will be part of the Illuminating Hidden Harvests initiative, a collaboration between WorldFish, FAO and Duke University which investigates the contribution of SSF to sustainable development. The intern will directly contribute to a thematic study investigating the role of the sector to food and nutrition security across diverse contexts. Data and key literature already gathered across 50 countries will support the literature review and include synthesis of the nutritional profiles of fish species, socio-economic benefits of SSF-related livelihoods, and contributions to food and nutrition security. For new analyses, data from individual research studies that have investigated both fishing communities and health outcomes, as well as larger datasets such as the DHS datasets and the FAO GIFT database will be used. Triangulation of data will also be conducted to ensure that cases are specific to SSF.