SE120 Treasures of the oceans and inland waters - ensuring food security and nourishing nations: Gaining and sharing knowledge in the Decade of Action on Nutrition. From healthy waters to healthy people.


  • Global Action Network - Sustainable Food from the Oceans and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Institutes of Marine Research - Ireland and Norway
  • WorldFish (CGIAR)
  • UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)
  • UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR)
  • FAO
  • WorldBank Youth2Youth
  • Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans)
  • The Nordic Food Policy Lab
  • International Collective in Support of Fish Workers (ICSF)

To achieve food security, actions must ensure all the elements of food security: sufficient, safe, nutritious, meeting dietary needs and food preferences - leaving no one behind. According to the CFS recommendations, we should include food security and nutrition in work related to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, likewise include aquatic food in the work related to food security and nutrition. A holistic view is needed to reach our goals such as the Sustainable Developing Goals. Bringing people together, working with different issues along the food chain "from healthy waters to healthy people" is important, to break down the siloes and move forward.

The Global Action Network on Food from the Ocean and Inland Waters for Food Security and Nutrition (GAN), under the Decade of Action on Nutrition, seeks to highlight the important role of aquatic foods in achieving food security and nutrition, moreover, share knowledge and actions related to aquatic foods and the elements of food security. In addition to a short intro about Networking in the Decade of Action on Nutrition, and an important message from the future generations, the session will include thematic speeches and debates on the following issues: Fish for whom? Sufficient and sustainable - efficient use of our finite marine resources is important for food security. From a sufficient food point of view, finding sustainable feed sources in aquaculture and the importance of small scale fisheries for food security. Reducing food loss and waste is a highway to get more food available and reduce the pressure on the environment. In a circular bio-economy there is no waste only resources - blue and green sectors together feed the world.

Balanced harvest - Increased sustainable harvesting is needed including harvesting marine organisms proportionally across the food web. What are the impacts of harvesting such resources on food webs and ecosystem functioning? Sufficient food knowledge needs also to connect with knowledge on the other elements of food security. Is it safe? is it nutritious? is it tasty? There are critical knowledge gaps across the food chain, a need for interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure that marine food becomes a part of a sustainable and healthy diet. Nourishing nations -

Aquatic food can be a key source of both macro and micronutrients for nourishing nations. Knowledge about the levels of healthy nutrients and foreign substances is important to understand the role of different aquatic foods to achieve food security. Knowledge on composition data are the scientific reasoning for an increased consumption and the role of aquatic food in the fight against malnutrition and hidden hunger. We will learn about the importance of analytical values in food composition tables and how to integrate fish in food systems.


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