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Fish trade and human nutrition. Sub-Committee on Fish Trade, 14th Session, Bergen, Norway, 24–28 February 2014










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    Policy Brief. The unlocked potential of inland fish to contribute to improved nutrition in Sri Lanka 2019
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    Protein-energy malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies are important public health issues in Sri Lanka. Fish play a crucial role in nutrition and thus, promoting fish in the diet is among the strategies to control protein-energy malnutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies. Fish are a source of proteins and healthy fats and provide a unique source of essential nutrients, including long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, iodine, vitamin D and calcium. Furthermore, fish are ideal options for maintaining good health and weight management as they are low in cholesterol and thus recommended for patients with diabetes, coronary heart diseases and hypertension over other animal proteins. Despite their health benefits, expenditure on purchase of inland fish in Sri Lanka is low, with the average Sri Lankan spending only LKR 477.25 per month (~USD2.8) in 2016 on fresh fish from fresh waters (inland fish) and sea waters. Furthermore, despite the productive potential of inland fish, availability remains an issue, contributing to approximately 16 percent of the total fish production in Sri Lanka in 2016. These figures show that there is a great unharnessed potential to develop the inland fish value chain and promote its consumption as an avenue to improve the nutritional status of the Sri Lankan population. Furthermore, the extent of water bodies available in the country, and the natural and artificial environments within which inland fishers operate, serve as an ideal environment to promote the production of inland fish. In this respect, this policy brief discusses the potential of introducing more inland fish to the diets of Sri Lankans, particularly vulnerable groups.
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    Report of the 19th Session of the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade, Bergen, Norway, 11–15 September 2023 / Rapport de la 19e session du Sous-Comité du commerce du poisson, Bergen (Norvège), 11-15 septembre 2023 / Informe de la 19.ª reunión del Subcomité de comercio pesquero, Bergen (Noruega), 11-15 de septiembre de 2023 2024
    From 11 to 15 September 2023, in Bergen, Norway, 43 Members of FAO and 19 observers from intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations participated in the 19th Session of the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade (COFI:FT) of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of FAO. Global trends affecting the industry, trade and production possibilities, and cooperation between FAO and other international organizations were among the many trade and market topics the Sub-Committee considered. Market access, food safety and quality, traceability and catch documentation schemes (CDS), small-scale fisheries (SSF), the economic impacts of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, biodiversity conservation strategies, and trade agreements were discussed.Du 11 au 15 septembre 2023, à Bergen (Norvège), 43 membres de la FAO et 19 observateurs d'organisations intergouvernementales et internationales non gouvernementales ont participé à la 19e session du Sous-Comité du commerce du poisson du Comité des pêches de la FAO. Les tendances mondiales affectant l'industrie, le commerce et les possibilités de production, ainsi que la coopération entre la FAO et d'autres organisations internationales figuraient parmi les nombreux sujets liés au commerce et aux marchés examinés par le Sous-Comité. L'accès au marché, la sécurité et la qualité des aliments, les systèmes de traçabilité et de documentation des captures, la pêche artisanale, les impacts économiques de la pêche illégale, non déclarée et non réglementée, les stratégies de conservation de la biodiversité et les accords commerciaux ont été discutés.Del 11 al 15 de septiembre de 2023, en Bergen (Noruega), 43 miembros de la FAO y 19 observadores de organizaciones intergubernamentales y no gubernamentales internacionales participaron en la 19.ª reunión del Subcomité sobre Comercio Pesquero del Comité de Pesca de la FAO. Entre los numerosos temas comerciales y de mercado examinados por el Subcomité están las tendencias mundiales que afectan a la industria, el comercio y las posibilidades de producción, y la cooperación entre la FAO y otras organizaciones internacionales. Se debatió sobre el acceso a los mercados, la seguridad y calidad de los alimentos, la trazabilidad y los esquemas de documentación de capturas, la pesca en pequeña escala, los impactos económicos de la pesca ilegal, no declarada y no reglamentada, las estrategias de conservación de la biodiversidad y los acuerdos comerciales.
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    Fats and fatty acid in human nutrition
    Report of an expert consultation, 10 − 14 November 2008 Geneva
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in their roles as technical agencies of the United Nations (UN), are charged with providing science-based guidance on food and nutrition to national governments and the international community. The process used to do this involves periodic and systematic reviews of scientific evidence, which often culminates with the convening of joint expert consultations to review the state of s cientific knowledge, deliberate on the issues and translate this knowledge into a definition of requirements and corresponding nutrient-based recommendations. The overall goal of these recommendations is to support health and nutritional well-being of individuals and populations. The topics covered during the recent past include energy, protein and amino acids, fats and oils, most of the vitamins and minerals and carbohydrates, with the objective of providing guidance on nutritional requirements and recommended dietary intakes.The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Fats and Fatty Acids in Human Nutrition (hereafter Expert Consultation) was the most recent expert meeting convened, and was held in Geneva from 10 to 14 November 2008. The Expert Consultation was the third to be held on the subject of fats in human nutrition, the first expert consultation on this topic being held in 1977 (FAO, 1978) and the second in 1993 (FAO, 1994).

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