The United Nations General Assembly

has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system.

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Moreover, IYAFA 2022 and the preparations leading up to it offer a good opportunity to review achievements regarding the objectives of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) and to encourage States to incorporate the SSF Guidelines into public policies and programmes.

Time to get prepared!

To make the most of this opportunity, it is time to think creatively, join hands and start making plans now for how to make IYAFA 2022 a memorable year. Let us give small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers the attention they deserve!

Stay tuned on this website for further information and inspiration.