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Press Release 01/96

FAO SAYS THAT IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM AQUACULTURE IS FORECAST TO CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY EVEN MORE THAN IN THE PAST THREE DECADES


Rome, 6 December 2001 - Over the next two decades, aquaculture will contribute more to the global food fish supplies and will help further reducing global poverty and food insecurity, according to "Aquaculture in the Third Millennium" a new publication released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Aquaculture's contribution toward global fisheries landings continues to grow (31.3% in 1999) and it continues to dominate all other animal food producing sectors. Total aquaculture production in 1999 was about 42.77 million metric tons, valued at 53.56 US billion dollars.

Since the FAO Technical Conference on Aquaculture, (Kyoto, 1976), aquaculture has gone through major changes, ranging from small-scale homestead-level activities to large-scale commercial farming.

Over the past three decades the sector has expanded, diversified, intensified and advanced technologically and, as a result, its contribution to aquatic food production has also increased significantly. A large proportion of global production comes from small-scale producers in developing countries and Low Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDCs). It significantly contributes to food security, poverty alleviation and social well-being in many countries. The contributions of aquaculture to trade, both local and international, have also increased over recent decades, and its share in the generation of income and employment for national economic development has also increased globally.

"Aquaculture in the Third Millennium" is the result of the Conference on Aquaculture held last February in Bangkok - jointly organised by FAO, Network of Aquaculture Centre in Asia-Pacific(NACA) and the Government of Thailand - and it represents the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the status of aquaculture development in the world assembled to date. It clearly reflects increased recognition that sustainable use of aquatic resources can only be achieved through vigorous and combined efforts by all sectors involved: farmer cooperatives and agencies, regulators, policy makers and planners, scientists, NGOs and other aquatic resource users.

FAO has long recognized the importance of aquaculture to achieve world food security and assisted governments and people who depend on aquaculture for their livelihoods, to achieve the social, economic and environmental sustainability goals embodied in the Bangkok Declaration and Strategy.

"Aquaculture in the Third Millennium" confirms FAO's optimism that these goals are realistic and attainable, especially with the new wave of international collaboration which clearly transpired at the last Conference on Aquaculture.

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Betacam SP Footage on Aquaculture is available.Please call the Video Unit, tel 39 06 5705 2062.
For further information, please contact FAO Media Relations Branch,
tel. 0039.06.57053625, or visit the FAO home page: http://www.fao.org

Aquaculture in the Third Millennium is available on FAO's website:
http://www.fao.org/fi/meetings/aq2000/tech_proc/third_mill.asp


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