Dr. Ibrahim Issifu

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Affiliation: Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia

Dr Ibrahim Issifu is a Fisheries Economist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, holds a PhD and Masters from Nagoya University, Japan, and a BA Economics and MBA from the University of Ghana. With over a decade of experience in field-based empirical research in developing countries and global-scale evaluations using big datasets, his research is policy-oriented and focuses on the intersections of social, economic, and ecological sustainability.

His interdisciplinary approach informs decision-making in areas such as fisheries management, social well-being, and climate adaptation. Notably, Ibrahim played a crucial role in modeling Distant Water Fishing (DWF) across several African countries, including Senegal, Ghana, Somalia, Madagascar, and Mozambique. This research aimed to identify the scale and characteristics of DWFs and their impact on food security and the sustainability of frontline coastal communities in Africa.

Ibrahim has extensive research collaborations with key institutions worldwide, including Stanford University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His notable contribution to the Blue Food Assessment project, a collaboration with these institutions, became an integral part of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. As a fisheries economist, his work involves thorough number crunching, leading to publications such as “Blue food demand across geographic and temporal scales” in Nature Communications. Currently, his focus is on the management reforms of the most-caught fish species in Ghana and Senegal, emphasizing their nutritional importance in West Africa.

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