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


An Independent UN Food Systems Summit Dialogue on the role of aquatic foods in sustainable food systems, exploring actions, how to connect research and policy, and how to scale up the good solutions.

Thursday, 20 May 2021


Event recording

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 – bridging the Decade of Action on Nutrition, the Decade of Ocean Science and the Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. The events will be co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish.

In this second dialogue, cross sectorial representatives, including high level, will come together to showcase possible solutions and discuss important actions for food systems transformation with aquatic foods as part of the summit’s Action Track 3, which aims to boost nature-positive production. The panels will take a holistic approach by combining knowledge on different aspects of food  security (access for all to sufficient, safe, nutritious foods, meeting dietary needs, food preferences) and discuss scaling up sustainable production solutions of aquatic foods as a provider of the nutrients we need at lower environmental costs, and as a provider of livelihoods.

Opening remark José Luis Chicoma Lúcar, Minister of Production, Peru

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

Karol B Barragán-Fonseca, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - How does smallholders in Colombia use insects as feed for aquaculture in support of peace and circular economy?

Opening remarks

  • José Luis Chicoma Lúcar
    Minister of Production, Peru
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Walking the talk: Showcasing possible solutions

  • Santiago Fernandezde Cordoba
    Coordinator, United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards
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  • Prof. Karol B Barragán-Fonseca
    Professor, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
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  • Peter Limbu
    Fisheries Technical Lead, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tanzania
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  • Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel
    Innovation Manager, HATCH
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Connecting research and policy: How do we scale up good solutions

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

  • Tim Fitzgerald
    Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
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Special message

  • Joao Campari
    Chair, Action Track 3: Boosting nature-positive production systems
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  • Tana Lala-Pritchard
    Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation and Communication, WorldFish
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This event will be opened and closed by Global Action Network contributor Richard Abila, IFAD.

Follow Global Action NetworkWorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to join the virtual dialogue on Twitter.

We look forward to your active participation.