FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

South American Committee

José Aguilar-Manjarrez, FAO Technical Secretary

The South American Committee for the Celebration of IYAFA 2022 was created on 7 September 2021. It is comprised of representatives of fisheries and aquaculture organizations from Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

Activities of the South American Committee



April- September

Two national-level surveys are being conducted; the first survey aims to review the status of the sectors regarding artisanal fisheries and aquaculture registries; fish consumption; value chains; artisanal fisheries and aquaculture associations; gender; success stories and main challenges; the second survey is on seafood safety and quality for artisanal fisheries products.
The expected results of these surveys are one FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper and two policy briefs that will present public policy recommendations for (i) fisheries and aquaculture authorities, and (ii) artisanal fishers and small scale farmers.


Virtual meeting on seafood consumption to stimulate local consumption of fish and other seafood, especially through school feeding programmes.


Virtual meeting to promote the formation of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture associations to strengthen value chains and family and regional economies.


Joint webinar with the Mesoamerican Committee to provide capacity building on key topics of interest and relevance for small-scale fishers and fish farmers.


Photo Gallery

Strengthening adaptive capacity in Chilean fisheries and aquaculture sector to climate change Photos International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 in South America (Peru)