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Transforming food systems with aquatic foods:

Scaling up sustainable production solutions

An Independent Dialogue exploring the actions needed to drive aquatic food solutions as part of the UN Food Systems Summit.

Thursday, 20 May 2021
13:00-14:30 (GMT+2)

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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. The events, co-hosted by the Norwegian leadership of the Global Action Network and WorldFish, aim to bridge the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the Decade of Ocean Science to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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 panelists will take a holistic approach, combining knowledge on different aspects of food and nutrition 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.

Special message

Joao Campari
Joao Campari, Chair, Action Track 3: Boosting nature-positive production systems
Campari is a senior professional with over 25 years of experience in international development. Currently, he is the Global Leader of WWF’s Food Practice, leading the Network´s efforts to enhance the sustainability of the global food system.

Walking the talk: Showcasing possible solutions

Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba
Santiago Fernandez de Cordoba, Coordinator, United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards
Fernandez de Cordoba has had 20 years of work experience in trade policy. In his line of work, he advises government and develops sustainability standards for small-scale producers and their access to trade and market in developing countries.
Karol Barragán
Prof. Karol Barragán Fonseca, Professor (Tenure Track), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Prof. Fonseca has been involved in the sustainable production of natural resources for economic development for years. Her recent work on utilising insects for aquaculture feed has made significant contribution to the circular economy of Colombia.
Peter Limbu rundt
Peter Limbu, Fisheries Technical Lead, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tanzania
Limbu has been involved in Tanzania's fisheries and community development for over 5 years. At TNC, he leads the Conservancy’s efforts to combat declining fish populations and conserve biodiversity at Lake Tanganyika through various initiatives.
Tanja Hoel
Tanja Knabenschuh Hoel, Innovation Manager, HATCH
Hoel's expertise is in developing strategy and innovation for sustainable nature production. As Chairman and Board member of several aquaculture technology companies, her passion is in uncovering new growth opportunities in aquaculture.

Connecting research and policy: How do we scale up good solutions

Dr. Yimnang Golbuu
Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, CEO, Palau International Coral Reef Center, Ocean Panel Sherpa, Palau
Dr. Golbuu has been involved in the sustainable management of natural resource in Palau for years. His focus is on the interlinkage between land usage, coral reef conservation and their resilience to climate change.
Dr. Gareth Johnstone
Dr. Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
Dr. Johnstone has 25 years of professional experience in natural resource management. In his line of work, he leads the on-going development of WorldFish's 2030 research and innovation strategy on diverse aquatic foods for healthy people and planet.
Dr. Jeroen Dijkman
Dr. Jeroen Dijkman, Managing Director, Animal Sciences Group, Wageningen University & Research
Dr. Dijkman has over three decades of governance experience in research and development within the livestock farming sector. He also works on the contributions of agro-food systems at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Agriculture Initiative.
Prof. James Njiru
Prof. James Njiru, Director General, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya
Prof. Njiru has a wealth of experience in fisheries science with an additional background in zoology, botany and chemistry. He has been with KMFRI for over 3 decades, working in research before his appointment as director general.


Tana Lala-Pritchard
Tana Lala-Pritchard, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation and Communication, WorldFish
Lala-Pritchard works at the intersection of science, policy, social entrepreneurship and advocacy. At WorldFish, she leads the implementation of research and innovation strategies to advance food system solutions with aquatic foods.

Closing remark

Tim Fitzgerald
Tim Fitzgerald, Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Tim Fitzgerald leads EDF’s global programs on sustainable fisheries investment, seafood markets and multilateral engagement, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the intersection of ocean conservation and public health.
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