Sustaining healthy diets: the role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era

Thilsted, Shakuntala Haraksingh, Thorne-Lyman, Andrew, Webb, Patrick, Bogard, Jessica Rose, Subasinghe, Rohana, Phillips, Michael John and Allison, Edward Hugh (2016) Sustaining healthy diets: the role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy, 61 126-131. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.02.005


Author Thilsted, Shakuntala Haraksingh
Thorne-Lyman, Andrew
Webb, Patrick
Bogard, Jessica Rose
Subasinghe, Rohana
Phillips, Michael John
Allison, Edward Hugh
Title Sustaining healthy diets: the role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era
Journal name Food Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-9192
1873-5657
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.foodpol.2016.02.005
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 61
Start page 126
End page 131
Total pages 6
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda makes achieving food security and ending malnutrition a global priority. Within this framework, the importance of fisheries in local and global food systems and its contribution to nutrition and health, particularly for the poor are overlooked and undervalued. This paper reviews current fish production and consumption from capture fisheries and aquaculture, highlights opportunities for enhancing healthy diets and outlines key multi-sectoral policy solutions. Mirroring the call for a diversification of agricultural research and investment beyond a few staple grains, it is anticipated that productivity gains for a few farmed aquatic species will not suffice. Capture fisheries and aquaculture have a complementary role to play in increasing fish availability and access, and must be promoted in ways that support measurable nutrition and health gains. This paper argues that the lack of a nutrition-sensitive policy focus on capture fisheries and aquaculture represents an untapped opportunity that must be realised for ensuring sustainable healthy diets for all.
Keyword Fisheries policies
Nutrition-sensitive fisheries
Diverse food systems
Healthy diets
Capture fisheries
Aquaculture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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