26th June

Food Security and nutrition: fisheries gets on the agenda

Brian O'Riordan, ICSF

The contribution of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition was discussed at the 41st Session of the FAO’s Committee on World Food Security Adapted from ICSF’s Samudra Report No 68, November 2014.

Fish undoubtedly plays a key role in human nutrition. Sustaining fisheries resources is vital for ensuring the well-being and food security of both current and future generations. It was therefore a welcome development that one of the most important international policy-making bodies on food and nutrition – the FAO Committee on World Food Security (CFS) – gave fisheries a high priority in the deliberations of its 41st Session (CFS 41) from October 13-18 October 2014.

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Landing the catch at Costa Rica                                                                            Photo Brian O'Riordan

Policy debate

Participants were asked to engage in an “open and substantive debate so as to contribute to concrete policy recommendations for consideration by the CFS’ on the role of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture for food security and nutrition.

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