Partner No. 13: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)



The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is a no-profit Inter-Governmental Organisation under the UN system. The mandate of FAO is to raise levels of nutrition, agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of world economy. The Fish Utilisation and Marketing Service (FIIU) is looking after areas of fish processing technology, safety, quality, trade, marketing and Fish Information Network. The Aquaculture Management and Conservation Service (FIMA) is responsible for overall development and management of aquaculture, status and trends reporting in aquaculture, and development of appropriate principles, norms, and guidelines for improving sustainability of aquaculture. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a joint FAO-WHO food standards programme established with the purpose of protecting consumer health and ensuring fair practices in food trade and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international, governmental and non-governmental organisations. FAO has been responsible for developing the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. FAO is managing knowledge and information related to all aspects of food and agriculture, providing a neutral forum for members and providing technical assistance to member countries.

Main tasks attributed:

  • Lead the Work Package 10, Improving transparency and utility of trade-related information.
  • Improve delivery of market access information to different actors in the food chain

Key Personnel involved

Iddya Karunasagar is a Senior Fishery Industry Officer in the Fish Utilisation and Marketing Service of FAO looking after the area of quality and safety. He has experience working with different stakeholders in food chains including shrimp and macrobrachium aquaculture in Asia. He has worked in Asia, Africa and Europe and has been involved in FAO/WHO Joint Expert Meetings in Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) and the Codex Alimentarius. He is involved in capacity building in different areas of fish safety, quality, international regulations and market access aspects.

Rohana Subasinghe is a Senior Aquaculture Officer at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO. He is specialized in aquaculture development and aquatic animal health management. He has worked in all parts of the world, with most experience in Asia. He is responsible for many projects on aquaculture and aquatic animal health at national, regional and international levels worldwide. He has been responsible for initiating major policy changes in aquatic health management in relation to aquaculture in Asia, and globally. Among others, at FAO, he is also responsible for analysis of trends in aquaculture development globally. He is the FAO focal point on developing international guidelines on aquaculture certification. He currently serves as the Technical Secretary to the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries of the FAO, the only global inter-governmental forum on aquaculture. A former teacher of the University of Colombo and the Universiti

Putra Malaysia, Rohana earned his PhD from Stirling University.
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