Experts Advocate Implementation Of Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines To Tackle Food Insecurity

Prof. Shehu Akintola, Dean, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University(LASU), has advocated for implementation of small-scale fisheries guidelines to tackle food insecurity in Nigeria.

 Akintola made the assertion at the 3-day National Staleholders’ and Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop on Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines on Tuesday in Lagos.

 The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the workshop was organised by the Faculty of Science, LASU in conjuction with the Food and Agricultural Organisation and International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.

He said that the need for implementation of small scale fisheries the guidelines were  urgent because it would help to protect human rights, attainment of sustainable development goals and sustainable fishing management.

“Implementation will be require the cooperation and input of all stakeholders in fisheries.

“The reason why we carefully selceted participants from different stakeholders

to ensure that the goal of inclusion was achieved.

“It is instructive to note that the small scale fisheries guidelines are designed to support the visibility, recognition and enhancement of the already important role of small-scale fisheries.

“To contribute to global and national efforts towards the eradication of hunger and poverty,” Akintola said.

Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals added that stakeholders partnering would help to ensure that small scale fisheries delivered sustainable development goal in Nigeria.

 Orelope-Adefulire said the implementation of the small scale fisheries guidelines were critical to the achievement of the country’s sustainable development goal.

“I promise that the our agency will support relevant efforts at achieving the goals,” she said.

Ms. Lena Westlund,Senior Fisheries Consultant, Food and Agricultural Organisation urged stakeholders, from the national, regional and international communities to work together to ensure and

improve small scale fishers and ameliorate potential food crisis in the country.

Westlund said that the country stand to benefit greatly, in the event of the implementation of the guidelines which had been adopted as far back as 2014.

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