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Tuesday, June 25 • 16:45 - 18:15
Realizing the potential of fish in food systems

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Chaired by: Armstrong Simmance, F.

Panel introduction
All people have a right to adequate food that meets the requirements for survival as well as being nutritionally adequate for health and well-being (UN General Assembly, 2012). One of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the decades ahead is to provide nutritious, safe and affordable food to support healthy lives of up to 10 billion people, and to do so within defined and immovable planetary boundaries. Fish is a nutritionally rich, diverse, highly tradable food commodity, and has an important place in this future. The resilience and transformation of the role of fish to food and nutrition security depend critically on large-scale dynamics and drivers of trade, land use, water resource management, ocean futures, environmental change, food policies and regulations governing food production.
New research and attention into these large-scale dynamics, and the resulting effects on food systems have challenged the way researchers examine and understand food and nutrition security outcomes, and the entry points to enhance them. Understanding and working with inherently complex food systems have become a powerful and popular framing as a pathway to improve food and nutrition security. “A food system gathers all the elements (environment, people, inputs, processes, infrastructures, institutions, etc.) and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food, and the outputs of these activities, including socio-economic and environmental outcomes” (HLPE, 2017). Yet, a recent review of the literature suggests that research examining fish in food systems has not kept pace with this broadening framing.  In 2017, 28 articles considered fish and food systems and of those, only a fraction looked at diverse components and relationships of the food system, and most research only examined or implicated production (i.e. quantity of fish available). In summary – research, explanatory power, and the design of interventions around fisheries are yet to fully align with food systems perspectives – and food systems research poorly accounts for the unique attributes of fish as a source of multiple micronutrients, essential fatty acids and animal protein, with a low environmental footprint. In this panel, we present some of the latest research and collectively examine where food systems framings might provide a better understanding of food and nutrition security.  We will share research to date, determine a shared research agenda and further explore impactful research for development partnerships.

Realizing the potential of fish in food systems
Fiona Armstrong Simmance 

Fish for nourishing nations within the global agenda on food and nutrition security
Shakuntala Thilsted and Kendra Byrd.

Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies 
Christina C. Hicks, Philippa J. Cohen, Nicholas A. J. Graham, Kirsty L. Nash, Edward H. Allison, Coralie D’Lima, David J. Mills, Matthew Roscher, Shakuntala Thilsted, Andrew L. Thorne-Lyman, & M. Aaron MacNeil.

Applying a food systems lens to the value of small-scale fisheries to nutrition in Nigeria
Kendra Byrd, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Brianna Bradley.

When kastom and malnutrition meet – fish in a traditional Melanesian food system.
Jillian Tutuo

Adopting a Food System Perspective on Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Asia
Xavier Tezzo

Speakers
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Xavier Tezzo

Research Program Coordinator, WorldFish Myanmar
I am a natural scientist and development worker specialized in freshwater systems. Originally from Belgium and Congo, I have previously lived and worked in Africa and Southeast Asia. I work as a research program coordinator for WorldFish in Myanmar and concurrently undertake a social... Read More →



Tuesday June 25, 2019 16:45 - 18:15
REC A2.07 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam