The Nigerian fisheries sector is an essential part of the country’s economic diversification plan, hence the recent stakeholders dialogue on the sector’s transformation, which needs adequate attention from the federal government.
The UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) recently concluded that fish is crucial to every action to reduce poverty and improve food security and nutrition. In Nigeria, the fisheries industry is a major economic sector, estimated to employ over 8.6 million people directly and a further 19.6 million indirectly, 70% of whom are women.
According to experts, Nigeria currently produces over 1 million metric tons of fish, leaving a deficit of over 800,000 metric tons, which is imported annually. Recognizing the importance of fish within the agriculture sector for its potential contribution to alleviating poverty, improving food and nutrition security, reducing youth unemployment and building profitable business ventures. Both fisheries and aquaculture are gaining increased attention in both the public and private sectors.
In the light of the challenges Nigeria fish sector is faced with and in preparation for the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit, the Federal ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), World Fish and other stakeholders met in Abuja to discuss the various challenges confronting the nation towards attaining food sufficiency, especially in respect to the role of fish in food and nutrition and as a source of wealth.
The Dialogue titled: “Dialogue on Transformation and Future of Aquatic Systems in Nigeria,” brought together fisheries and aquaculture professionals, researchers, private sectors, civil societies, policy makers, health and nutrition experts, finance and diverse stakeholders in the fisheries and aquaculture subsector. Blue Print