Day I – June 2: Wellbeing & Food Security

Wellbeing & Food Security 

Livelihood and food security are basic human rights and a priority area for remote, rural and marginalized urban communities grappling with the complex issues of poverty, unsustainable food systems and climate change impacts. Social and economic wellbeing and food security are tied to SDG 2, which focuses on achieving “zero hunger’. Given that the lives and livelihoods of so many people living in coastal communities depend on the SSF sector, this critical lifeline provides the main source of animal protein for millions around the world. To shed light on this important topic, researchers, intergovernmental and environmental organizations, and SSF communities will be sharing perspectives on the socio-economic dimensions of SSF through interactive panel discussions, photos, music, art, interview clips, live webinars, and video clips, among others.

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Watching the sessions live via YouTube

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Session 1 @ 6:00 UTC

The voices of Genba

“The incident isn’t happening in the conference room, it’s happening at the site!” is a line from a well-known blockbuster police movie in Japan. With its strong message about the importance of the Genba, the Japanese word for “site, bottom-up approach, on-site policy”, this line has become famous. This may very well apply to the fishing industry, especially in Japan, where there are a large number of family-run and small-scale fisheries in every corner of the coast throughout the country. This prerecorded 60 min session will highlight the voices of the Genba regarding Japanese small-scale fisheries.

Session organizers: Yinji Li, Tamano Namikawa, Sachiko Harada, Alyne Delaney, Hajime Oshima, Kumi Soejima, Yoritake Kajikawa, Fumoto Takamitsu

Language: Japanese (with English subtitles)

Format: Pre-recorded presentations

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: TBTI Japan
Session 2 @ 7:30 UTC

Unpacking the SSF Guidelines: Empowering women for sustainable food systems

The small-scale fisheries post-harvest sector plays a crucial role in delivering nutritious food to consumers through activities along the value chain.  This critical role of the sector, and the particular importance of women within it, is recognized in the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). Chapter 7 of the SSF Guidelines addresses value chains, post-harvest and trade and the Norad-funded project “Empowering Women in SSF for Sustainable Food Systems” is working in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Tanzania to support improvements to women’s participation in the post-harvest sector. In this webinar, we will hear from stakeholders involved in the project and similar activities about their work and actions to empower women in the small-scale fisheries post-harvest sector to ensure sustainable food systems and improve food security and nutrition. 

Format: Webinar

Language: English

Duration: 90 min

Session 3 @ 9:30 UTC

The impact of 30×30 on coastal communities

30×30 is a conservation goal seeking to protect 30% of global land and ocean by 2030. Such an unprecedented scaling of protected areas brings challenges, opportunities and trade-offs. Putting 30×30 into practice presents practical difficulties and potentially widespread negative consequences for communities, small-scale fisheries and indigenous people. In order for marine conservation to be effective, we believe that we need to recognise the centrality of small-scale fisheries, indigenous peoples and local communities to conservation success, protecting and respecting their rights, and sharing nature’s benefits inclusively and equitably. Many communities are already meeting 30% targets in practice within their own areas. During a 60-minute dual language interactive panel hosted by Blue Ventures and the ICCA consortium, speakers from Madagascar’s Locally Managed Marine Areas network and a local NGO working with small-scale fishers in the Western Indian Ocean will explore the socio-economic issues of 30×30.

Facilitator: Steve Rocliffe


Representatives from

  • ICCA
  • BV Madagascar

Language / interpretation: English and French

Format: Live panel discussion

Duration: 60 min 

Session 4 @ 11:0 UTC

The "value" in dried fish value chains

Dried fish is an essential part of diets, livelihoods, and cultures across South and South-East Asia, but is nearly invisible in research and policy. This virtual panel will begin with a pre-recorded presentation of images and commentaries from partners in the multinational “Dried Fish Matters” project, illustrating the diverse forms of value associated with dried fish in South and Southeast Asia. The introductory presentation will be followed by a panel discussion involving researchers from four countries. Panelists will explore the question: how might we better describe, support, and promote diverse forms of “value” in dried fish value chains?

Chair: Derek Johnson

Panel moderator: Ben Belton


  •  Tara Nair
  • Mostafa Hossain
  • Anupama Adikari and Shalika Wickrama
  • Sisir Pradhan
  • Gayathri Lokuge

Format: Pre-recorded presentation and a live panel discussion

Language: English

Duration: 60 minutes

Session 5 @ 12:30 UTC

Global experiences in vulnerable livelihoods, viable lives

In this session, we will use visuals such as photos, short videos, and a word cloud to highlight key vulnerabilities and sources of viabilities within the livelihoods of small-scale fishers worldwide. We will begin this session with an introduction to the V2V Global Partnership and its objectives in helping communities’ transition from vulnerability to viability. Then, we will showcase what vulnerability and viability mean to the V2V members within the context of their work using a word cloud and interview clips. Photos from the V2V Photo of the Week gallery will be used to complement the content of the interviews and discussions. Each of these activities will be followed by a live discussion facilitated by our V2V team. We will end the session with some comments on the continuum of vulnerable livelihoods and viable lives.

Session organizers: Prateep Nayak, Simar Kaur, Ana Carolina, Natasha Serrao, and Derek Armitage

Speaker, Moderator, and Chair: Ana Carolina, Natasha Serrao, Simar Kaur, Prateep Nayak, Derek Armitage

Contributors: Athena Kimberly Sipaun, Betty Ngui Chiew Pieng, Revarunan Sammogam, Yinji Li, Haseeb Md. Irfanullah, Jenia Mukherjee, Paul Onyango, Raktima Ghosh, Indah Susilowati, Izza Mafruhah, Himawan Arif Sutanto, Aini Nur Furoida, Hapsari Ayu Kusumawardhani, Ika Suciati, Cici Musliha, Arisanti Ayu Wandhani, Fatou Gueye

Language: English

Format: Live and pre-recorded presentations

Duration: 60 minutes

Session 6 @ 14:00 UTC

Connecting through storytelling: solidarity during COVID-19

Over the past year, Future of Fish has been focusing on the power of storytelling using the participatory narrative inquiry, providing both a medium and platform through which stakeholders (primarily fishermen) can share their stories. This panel will highlight three stories: the community of La Islilla improving their product quality, fisher quarantine stories from all over Peru, and Peru fishers and chefs exchanging experiences. We will present videos highlighting each of these three storytelling experiences, followed by a panel discussion where video participants provide their reflections, and close by taking questions from the audience.

Session organizers: Christopher Giordano, Gretchen Thuesen, Jenni Ahern

Moderator: Gretchen Thuesen 

Language: Spanish (Latin American)

Format: Pre-recorded videos and a live panel

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: Future of Fish
Session 7 @ 15:30 UTC

Not salty but sweet: problems and solutions in inland SSF

We offer a mixed media, live session to explore and highlight connections: between salt and fresh water, between the problems we face and the solutions we need, and among the people working toward all of these shared goals. This session will begin with a 15 min presentation in English followed by a synchronized (all attendees together) transition into different topics including a research presentation and panel discussion of action and solutions, a featured collection of inland water inspired music, art, and story, and ending with current or prospective TBTI Inland Fisheries Cluster members discussing the shape of the cluster’s future.

Session hosts: Shannon Bower (Infinity), Acacia Frempong-Manso (Carleton University), Amanda Jeanson (Carleton University), Beth Nyboer (Carleton University)

Short short introductory/plenary talk by Steve Cooke (Carleton University)


  • Naren Sreenivasan (Wildlife Association of South India)
  • Abdulwakil Olawale Saba (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Beth Nyboer (Carleton University)
  • Dennis Zimmermann (Big Fish Little Fish)

Format: A mix of pre-recorded presentations & live panel discussion

Language: English

Duration: 100 minutes

Organized by: Infinity & Carleton University
Session 8 @ 17:30 UTC

Caribbean fisherfolk lives and livelihood interactions

Caribbean Fisherfolk Lives and Livelihood Interactions will be an hour well spent at the SSF Open House! In Part 1 of the session, women and men fisherfolk from the Caribbean will welcome you into their “houses” – various operational sites – to share their daily lives. For a while, their house is your house! Part 2 looks more closely at how other sectors of the blue and green economy interact and impact the lives and livelihoods of these Caribbean fisherfolk with multiple consequences. National intersectoral coordination mechanisms and principles of good governance are key to this discussion.

Session organizers: Maria Pena, Amina Desai, Sanya Compton and Patrick McConney, UWI-CERMES, Barbados

Language: English

Format: Pre-recorded videos and live presentation

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: CERMES