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Newsletter from the Global Action Network

Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition

We are happy to send you our Autumn 2023 Newsletter, sharing ongoing work and news from the Global Action Network.

We invite all Network participants to provide inputs to update our Gain and Share Tool and to join our Network Meeting.

To feature your activities, solutions or relevant events supporting the Global Action Network mission in future newsletters, please contact us via foodfromtheocean@hi.no.

Relevant actions

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The Global Action Network Action Plan includes arranging annual meetings, workshops and events, recognizing interested parties, and establishing connections to promote collaboration and interaction among cross-sectorial actors focusing on the important elements for food security from Healthy Waters to Healthy People.

Upcoming Network Meeting 2023

We are inviting all Network participants to join our annual Network Meeting at 16:00-18:00 (GMT+2) on 24th October 2023. The meeting will be held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, and online via Zoom.

At this meeting, we welcome you all to share information on actions done in 2023, supporting the Network’s mission. You are encouraged to indicate to the secretariat prior to the meeting if you plan to take the floor. We will also discuss how we can continue to mobilize strong actions and increase knowledge and awareness of sustainable aquatic systems and their role in food security and nutrition in 2024.

Call for inputs for Network's Gain and Share Tool

The Gain and Share Tool allows the Network participants to promote sustainable aquatic foods for food security and nutrition through sharing
challenges, knowledge, and solutions related to the key elements of food security:


We welcome all Network participants to provide inputs to this document.
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Report from UN FSS + 2 Stocktaking Moment

Blue Transformation - Advancing aquatic food systems for people, planet and prosperity

Aquatic foods are crucial for enhancing food security and nutrition while addressing climate change. Transforming aquatic food systems can increase the supply of nutritious food sustainably while contributing to decent and equitable employment and community resilience. This event highlighted key national initiatives aimed at transforming aquatic food systems.

Relevant knowledge and solution

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The Global Action Network will continuously identify challenges, exchange knowledge and solutions related to the key elements of food security. Through the Gain and Share Tool, you can gain and share knowledge to promote sustainable food from the oceans and inland waters for food security and nutrition.

Here we are featuring challenges, solutions, and knowledge in Nutritious aquatic food and Sustainable aquaculture production.

Cooperation on sustainable aquaculture between Cuba and Norway

Cuba and Norway are cooperating on the development of sustainable aquaculture in Cuba, combining expertise from both countries and equipment from Norway. Currently, the cooperation is in the fourth project phase, with particular emphasis on fish hatchery operation and education.
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Breakthrough in mola breading

At WorldFish, scientists achieved a significant milestone by successfully inducing the breeding of mola and standardizing the breeding protocol for mola in India. The breakthrough opened the door for mass mola production with minimal animal disease spread, improving availability and access to nutrient-rich food in rural communities in Odisha.
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Roles of aquatic foods in reducing malnutrition and food insecurity

The challenges remain in supplying food to the growing global population and meeting the increasing demand for nutritious food. These place strain on natural resources and call into question the sustainability of food production. Aquatic foods play a critical role in food security and nutrition in terms of availability, livelihoods, and income, particularly for some vulnerable and disadvantaged people. They may help overcome malnutrition, and create a healthy community that yields an economy.
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Relevant upcoming events

Micronutrient Forum, 16-20 October 2023, The Hague, Netherlands
Network Meeting of the Global Action Network, 24 October 2023, Rome, Italy (Hybrid)
CAC46, 27 November-2 December 2023, Rome, Italy
Committee on World Food Security CFS 51, 23-27 October 2023, Rome, Italy
14th European Nutrition Conference FENS 2023, 14-17 November 2023, Belgrade, Serbia
COP28, 30 November-12 December 2023, Dubai, UAE

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