Monday, March 16, 2015

16/03/2015: Six nations join FAO for sustainable aquaculture

Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation to deliver "blue growth" - a regional initiative that aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, The Nation reports
FAO officials said Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, East Timor and Vietnam were piloting plans to upgrade aquaculture to help meet the food-security needs of a growing global population - expected to top 9 billion by 2050.

"The work of these six countries in this regional initiative, and their outcomes, will be pivotal in finding ways to increase food production sustainably, something we must do in the course of the next generation if we are to meet the needs and expectations of a seafood-hungry planet," said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO assistant director-general and regional representative.

"FAO predicts that by 2050 the world will need to increase food production by an average of 60 per cent globally and 77 per cent in developing countries," Konuma said. 

"Changing diets are also increasing demand for more fish. But further intensification of aquaculture must be ecologically sustainable - we must achieve 'blue growth'."

The Asia-Pacific region is the world's most important source of aquaculture production.

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