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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Time to get prepared!

IYAFA 2022 will launch in November 2021. To make the most of this opportunity, it is time to think creatively, join hands and start making plans for how to make #IYAFA2022 a memorable year. Start by using our free material below to give small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers the attention they deserve!

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11th Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture

15/11 to 19/11

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Global Conference on Aquaculture Millennium +20

21/09 to 27/09


A large number of events – from exhibitions, to cultural performances, contests, panel discussions and conferences – are taking place across the world to mark the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture!

Visual Identity Guidelines

This guide is designed to help all those who wish to take part in activities and events related to the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022. Learn how to use our visual identity and make it your own!

Behind every Year there's a solid team!

Working behind the scenes, a strong team composed of representatives of countries and organizations leads hundreds of activities to promote the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. Find out more here.


As IYAFA 2022 falls within the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-2028), the two celebrations will reinforce one another in providing greater visibility to small-scale producers. Similarly, the Year can act as a springboard towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030, in particular SDG 14.b.