FAO praises fishing importance within global hunger fight
10.07.2018 19:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Fishing and fish-farming play a significant role within supporting of some of the poorest families across the world, Ukrinform says referring to the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) yearly fishing industry report titled State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture or SOFIA.
As to the report, nearly 60 million people worldwide - 14% of them women - are directly employed within fisheries and the aquaculture sector.
«The fisheries sector is crucial in meeting FAO goal of a world without hunger and malnutrition, and its contribution to economic growth and the fight against poverty, is growing,» said José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General, while commenting on the report.
As to the report, fish account for about 17% of animal protein consumed around the world, providing around 3.2 milliard people on earth with nearly 20% of their animal protein needs.
Reportedly, moreover, fish represent a highly nutritious food that is especially helpful in counteracting important deficiencies in dietary intake.
The report indicates that global fish production will continue to grow over the next ten years even though the amount of fish being captured in the wild has levelled off and aquaculture is slowing down.
However, at same time, the report admits that the future growth across the fishing industry will require continued progress in strengthening fisheries management regimes worldwide, reducing loss and waste, and tackling problems like illegal fishing, pollution of aquatic environments, and climate change, the report added.