In the Near East and North Africa region, the importance of addressing food security not only through increasing production but in reducing waste and losses and increasing efficiency of processing and marketing has become critical throughout the agricultural sector. In particular for fisheries, the combination of overfishing, projected climate change impacts, and pollution create an uncertain future for the production of fish in the region. This becomes increasingly critical when considering the growing demand for fish in the region.
The fisheries sector in the region encompasses a number of unique challenges with regards to food losses and waste, and require a particular consideration. In an effort to address these issues, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), in partnership with the Mauritanian Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy and the Center for Marketing Information and Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Arab Region (Infosamak) will be holding the “Regional conference on food security and income generation through reduction of losses and waste in fisheries”, 15-17 December 2013 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
In particular, the Conference will consider case studies from the region as well as a number of technical topics including; best practices for minimising fish postharvest losses and waste; use of fishery by-products and coproducts for minimising waste, and fishery value chain based approach; sustainable management of fish bycatch and discards. The overall objectives of the conference will be to review the current situation and identify policy level and operational level interventions to improve food security and income generation through reduction of losses and waste in fisheries in Near East and North Africa region.