6 Apr 2021

A virtual webinar exploring technological solutions to boost the productivity and resilience of aquatic food systems for income and food security in Asia.

Date: Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Time: 15:00-17:00 (UTC+8)

Watch the event recording:

In this virtual discussion hosted by FAO and Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (APFIC), multi-disciplinary experts came together to discuss game-changing solutions in information, communication and technology (ICT) for improved accessibility and capacity of small-scale fish (SSF) workers who are dependent on aquatic food systems for their income and livelihoods.

The panel drew on the findings from a joint FAO-WorldFish publication on "Information and communication technologies for small-scale fisheries (ICT4SSF)" in support of the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). 

WorldFish’s Small-scale fisheries scientist, Dr Alexander Tilley, joined the expert panel as co-author to discuss highlights from the publication, providing insight on the ICTs that can support the technological capacity of small-scale fisheries against pandemic shocks and climate disasters in Asia and the Pacific.

WorldFish’s Senior Gender Specialist, Afrina Choudhury also joined the virtual discussion to provide insight on WorldFish’s efforts at pioneering technological innovations to empower women groups involved in small-scale fisheries, critical for achieving gender-equitable outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

Welcome remarks:

  • Susana Siar, FAO/APFIC Secretariat

Invited speakers and their presentations:

  • Dr Alexander Tilley, Small-scale Fisheries Scientist, WorldFish

    • Highlights of the FAO-WorldFish publication: Information and communication technologies for small-scale fisheries (ICT4SSF)
  • Constancio da Silva, Head of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Department, National Directorate of MSP, Capture and Management of Aquatic Resources, Directorate General of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Timor-Leste

    • PeskAAS: A near real-time monitoring for small-scale fisheries in Timor-Leste: Perspective from the government
  • Afrina Choudhury, Senior Gender Specialist, WorldFish

    • ICTs for women’s economic empowerment
  • Nicole Franz, FAO

    • Next steps:  Guiding questions to frame the evaluation, design and development of ICT4SSF initiatives within the context of the SSF Guidelines


  • Susana Siar, FAO/APFIC Secretariat

For more information, visit the official event webpage and follow FAO and the hashtag and #Smallscalefisheries and #AquaticFoods to check out past conversations on Twitter.

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