The World Fish Organisation has launched a new strategy charting a decade-long aquatic foods research and innovation agenda towards sustainable and equitable global food systems. The world fish 2030 research and innovation strategy: ‘aquatic foods for healthy people and planet,’ sets a pathway to end hunger and advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 through science and innovation to transform food, land and water systems with aquatic foods.
According to a report, currently, over 2 billion people around the world lack access to diverse, nutritious, and safe diets that can sustain healthy, active lives. It noted that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing climate crisis underscored the call to transform the global food system.
“In response, the World Fish Organisation is broadening its mandate to include larger aspects of aquatic food systems and their essential role in sustaining human well-being and the health of our planet,” it added.
Fish and other aquatic foods provide around 3.3 billion people with 20 per cent of their animal protein intake. The human appetite for aquatic foods shows no signs of slowing with global fish consumption rising at a yearly growth rate faster than beef.
“This agenda must link to the blue economy and ocean space, whose assets such as fisheries, shipping lanes and tourism are worth $24 trillion.” This Day