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Special Session Inclusiveness for Sustainable Sea-Food Security at AFAF
Wednesday April 10, 2019 Image: AFAF
All day event

Four GCP projects are co-organizing a special session entitled “Inclusiveness for Sustainable Sea-Food Security” during the 12th Asian Forum for Aquaculture & Fisheries (12AFAF), held on April 10, 2019 at Iloilo, Philippines. The session consists of three parts focusing on: Inventory of Challenges and Opportunities of Intensive and Extensive Pond Aquaculture; Approaches to Adoption of Innovations in Aquaculture by Smallholder Farmers; How Innovations can Contribute to Inclusiveness?

The following four Global Challenges Programme projects are co-organizing this special session “Inclusiveness for Sustainable Sea-Food Security”:


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10:30-12:00, Panel Aquaculture – Challenges and Opportunities of Pond Aquaculture

Chair: Marc Verdegem
Secretary: Roel H. Bosma
Five presentations followed by a plenary dialogue with stakeholders on the innovations. Lead questions: Aquaculture production is expected to double by 2050, but depends on natural resources for fresh water, fish meal and fish oil, and agricultural (by)products (land, water & energy).

  • How can research support this production increase, while reducing pressure on these resources?
  • Which are priority topics for research?

13:00-15:00, Panel Capacity Building – Design & Dissemination of Aquaculture Technology

Chair: Roel H. Bosma,
Secretary: Olivier Joffre
Seven presentations followed by a dialogue with stakeholders on the proposed innovations. Lead questions: Classical transfer of technology to farmers had limited outcomes, while multi-stakeholder approaches to design and deploy technology, are perceived as resource consuming.

  • How can research convince governments and donors to invest in multi-stakeholder approaches to innovation?
  • How to mainstream the multi-stakeholder approaches to innovations?

15:30-17:30: Inclusive Business – How to Make Innovations Contribute to Inclusive Business and Equal Access to Food?

Chair: Marc Verdegem
Secretary: Roel H. Bosma
Two short introductions to present the topic followed by a World Café break-out with Intro on process and 3 rounds of discussions on propositions in 3 themes:

Theme A: To limit the use of land, fresh water and fish, and increase seafood yields from ponds, priority should be to:

  • Improve the feed use efficiency in ponds to RAS’ levels,
  • and Replace fish-meal and fish-oil in rations, by doing ….

Theme B: Overcoming Constraints to Adoption of Innovations requires that all aquaculture technologies are:

  • Assessed financially through partial budget & CB analysis;
  • Designed further on-farm together with the stakeholders;
  • Taught to smallholder farmers through field schools, or ….

Theme C: To make Seafood Equally Available to All, the related:

  • Value chains of both fisheries and aquaculture need to be considered in the regional contexts.
  • Business & Trade need to … .

The session will be finalized with plenary feedback from the break-out groups and discussion on how to innovate for better food and nutrient security.

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