Sowing potential transformative changes in the fishing and agrifood systems – Conference report

Joan Moranta*, David Florido-del-Corral, Lucía López-López, Sílvia Gómez, Julio Agujetas, Marta Albo-Puigserver, Zoe W. Brent, Lamine Bathily, Rita Calvário, Marta Cavallé, Marta Coll, Annya Crane, Ericka C.L. de Oliveira, Irmak Ertör, Paloma Herrera-Racionero, Francisco Leitão, Lluís Miret-Pastor, Beatriz Patraca, Miquel Ortega, José J. Pascual-FernándezJaime Ramón-Bruquetas, Jorge Sáez-Jiménez, Abdoulaye Seck-Papalaye, Sebastián Villasante

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The need to better understand the trade-offs between food production, trade and consumption; social and environmental impacts of food systems and food health requirements remains a challenge. Additionally, there is an urgency to transform the food system to reach the dietary patterns required to address the current diet-environment-health trilemma. Transformative changes are required to deal with the food system crisis. To this end, it is necessary to strengthen the links in the food chain and establish solid alliances between production and consumption with the objective of designing alternative food systems. In this context, the Agroecosystems History Laboratory of Pablo de Olavide University and Alimentta-Think tank for the transition of agrifood systems, organised the IX International Congress of Agroecology between the 19th and the 23rd of January, 2023, in Seville (Spain). Its theme was “Cultivating local agroecological-based food systems”. Within the Congress, a hybrid panel of “Sowing initiatives with transformative potential in the fishing sector” was held to bring together initiatives with the capacity to generate transformative changes and enhance the value of fisheries in the field of agroecology and food sovereignty. The panel included communications related to seafood consumption, food sovereignty, co-management, inequalities, collaborative experiences, waste management, transformation processing and commercialisation. As a conclusion of the panel, a new perspective is required to redesign the agrifood systems and promote desirable multiple transformative changes that help to establish analytical and political action strategies in the field of fisheries as a food system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105673
JournalMarine Policy
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

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The authors thank the Agroecosystems History Laboratory of Pablo de Olavide University and the think tank Alimentta for organising the IX International Congress of Agroecology and the opportunity to organise the Panel “Sowing initiatives with transformative potential in the fishing sector”. We are grateful to the organising committee of the congress for the invaluable facilities provided to us during the congress. LL-L was supported by a Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación grant ( IJC2020-043235-I ) from the Spanish Government (MCIN/AEI) co-funded by the EU NextGeneration (EU/PRTR). MC and MO acknowledge the institutional support of the ‘ Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence ’ Accreditation ( CEX2019-000928-S ) and the project “Mejora del conocimiento científico-técnico para la sostenibilidad de las pesquerías demersales del Mediterráneo occidental”, with funding from EU NextGeneration (EU/PRTR), MAP2021-01 (SOSMED). SV is financially supported by the EQUALSEA (Transformative adaptation towards ocean equity) project, under the European Horizon 2020 Program, ERC Consolidator Grant Agreement 101002784 funded by the European Research Council . JJPF and JRB were supported by the funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (FoodE, Food Systems in European Cities: Grant Agreement 862663 ). Alimentta is financially supported by the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation . We would also like to thank Adam Gouraguine for the English grammar revision.

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