The United Nations is formally recognising the crucial role artisanal aquaculture and fisheries play in global food security by launching an international year.
A recent webinar hosted by the FAO marked the start of the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). The gathering boasted a diverse set of panelists from a coalition of groups and hopes that the International Year will help empower and acknowledge those who participate in the small-scale sector. They called for a world in which small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers and fish workers are fully recognised and empowered to continue their contributions to human well-being, healthy food systems and poverty eradication through the responsible and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
The launch event gathered small-scale artisanal fishers, fish farmers, fish workers, governments and other key supply chain actors to relate innovations and build and strengthen partnerships at all levels. They also focused on developing a strategy for the implementation of FAO’s voluntary guidelines for securing sustainable small-scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication to guide global dialogue, policy and action.
“Millions of poor people make their living from farming fish, and their numbers are growing all around the world, especially in Africa where they contribute increasingly to regional food and nutrition security,” said Rohana Subasinghe, World Fish scientist and IYAFA International Steering Committee Vice-Chair.
Though often unseen and informal, artisanal aquaculture and small-scale fisheries are essential to nourishing the poor and vulnerable and providing meaningful work in rural communities. The Fish Site