Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

RSS News

Report on AFSPAN Chilean survey

Posted by Exequiel Gonzalez P. | 22/10/2013 | 3158 reads | Tags: Social issues, Nutrition, Health, Food security, Chile

The AFSPAN survey in Chile was conducted by a team of five young research assistants between 11 April to 6 May. They were able to interview 126 aquaculture centre managers and 122 households in three coastal regions (Coquimbo Region, The Lakes Region and Atacama Region) covering 34 localities and approximately 3,500 km of territory by land, plus inter-regional travel by air. Before starting their actual work the survey team underwent a two week training period including trial interviews in the Valparaiso Region, home of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Photo: Small scale scallop producer in Caldera-Bahia Inglesa (Exequiel Gonzalez P.)

Coordinated efforts in aquaculture needed to meet global demand

Posted by FAO | 17/10/2013 | 1957 reads | Tags: Cooperation, Food security, Sustainability

Global partnership to find sustainable solutions ‘imperative’, FAO says

15 October 2013, Rome/St Petersburg, Russia – The creation of a global partnership to help ensure that the world’s fish supplies can keep pace with booming demand has received a green light from FAO’s Sub-Committee on Aquaculture.

Over 50 countries endorsed the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership (GAAP) programme, which will bring together governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to find sustainable solutions to meeting the need for fish products.

Aquaculture already supplies nearly 50 percent – or nearly 63 million tonnes – of fish consumed globally, and with production from wild fish stocks levelling off, it will fall to fish farmers to supply the estimated 50 million additional tonnes required to feed the rising world population by 2030.

Full story: FAO website.

Call for better food systems to fight hunger and malnutrition

Posted by FAO | 16/10/2013 | 1910 reads | Tags: Food security, Nutrition, Policy, Poverty

World Food Day observed in 150 countries

16 October 2013, Rome - Better food systems are required in order to defeat hunger and malnutrition around the globe was the key message coming from the observance of World Food Day at FAO headquarters.

World Food Day, commemorated in 150 countries, is also the anniversary of FAO's founding in 1945.

This year's observance takes place under the shadow of new hunger figures that show a total of 842 million people are chronically undernourished.

In a message for World Food Day, read by Archbishop Luigi Travaglino at the ceremony, Pope Francis said "It is a scandal that there is still hunger in the world."

The Pope blamed individualism for creating an "attitude of indifference" as if hunger and malnutrition was an unavoidable fact. "It can never be considered normal," he said.

On the World Food Day theme of food systems, he said he saw the need to change and renew food systems to bring in the value of solidarity with the poor. "We need to educate ourselves in solidarity ... not only different forms of assistance," he said.

He called for the elimination of loss and waste of food products, which he said affects one third of global food production.

Full story: FAO website

Online discussion: Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems

Posted by FAO | 12/7/2013 | 2887 reads | Tags: Policy, Nutrition, Food security

Note: One of the core background papers for the consultation concerns Maximizing the contribution of fish to human nutrition. The facilitators have invited comment on the papers and we encourage readers to provide feedback for this important meeting and to participate in the online discussion. - Ed.

As part of the preparations leading up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), a Preparatory Technical Meeting is to be held at FAO Headquarters from 13 to 15 November 2013. More information is available at:

To feed into and inform this meeting, a series of online discussions are being held on selected thematic areas. This ICN2 online discussion “Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems” builds on earlier FSN Forum debates “Linking Agriculture, Food Systems, and Nutrition: What’s your perspective?” and “Making agriculture work for nutrition: Prioritizing country-level action, research and support”. It invites you to share evidence and exchange views on how to improve policies, programmes and interventions for making agriculture and food systems more responsive to nutrition. Policy and programme options as well as institutional arrangements for improving diets and raising levels of nutrition, particularly of the poorest and most nutritionally vulnerable, as well as ways to improve monitoring and evaluation of their impact and cost-effectiveness will be sought.

Presentations from the final technical consultation on EMS/AHPNS

Posted by FAO | 8/7/2013 | 4425 reads | Tags: Health

Under the FAO technical cooperation project (TCP/VIE/3304 (E)) Emergency assistance to control the spread of an unknown disease affecting shrimp, this final technical consultation on “Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) or Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome (APHNS) of Cultured Shrimp” was jointly organised by FAO and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development from 25-27 June 2013, Prestige Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The consultation presented all relevant project findings and outcomes of the work carried out under the project, and provided updates on EMS situation and experiences in some affected Asian countries, as well as additional technical presentations to assist in further understanding this disease in terms of its aetiology and epidemiology. Nineteen presentations were made over three sessions, while the fourth session drew a number of recommendations and risk management measures pertaining to:

  • Disease nomenclature.
  • Diagnostics.
  • Reporting/notification
  • International trade (live shrimp, shrimp commodity, shrimp feed).
  • Farm and hatchery facilities.
  • Affected and non-affected countries.
  • Pharmaceutical and feed companies.
  • Training/capacity building needs.
  • Outbreak/emergency disease investigation.
left right