MSU-based Fish Innovation Lab awards $ 1.15 million in new grants, tackles global food security through improved aquaculture and fisheries
Contact: Laura Zseleczky
STARKVILLE, Mississippi. – Mississippi State University’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish announces $ 1.15 million in grants, expanding its research portfolio to address global food security challenges through reliable and inclusive fish supplies.
As part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future program and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Fish Innovation Lab works to reduce poverty and improve nutrition, food security, and livelihoods in developing countries. development by supporting research on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries systems.
“Fish is an essential source of animal protein and income for people in developing countries. These new projects expand the work of the Fish Innovation Lab to ensure that more people can access fish as part of their diets and benefit from livelihoods in the aquaculture and fisheries sectors, ”said the Dr Mark Lawrence, director of the Fish Innovation Lab and William L. Giles. Professor Emeritus at the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU.
Building on the existing portfolio of 13 Fish Innovation Lab development research projects around the world, the new $ 1.15 million funding supports six projects covering aquaculture and fisheries activities along the chain. value of fish in Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi and Zambia. The new projects aim to improve market access for aquaculture producers and consumers, to stimulate the productivity of aquaculture through genetically improved species, to study the impacts of crustacean micronutrients in diets, to develop vaccines against bacterial diseases in farmed fish, to produce insects for feeding fish in aquaculture and to explore the ecology and commercial potential of introduced molluscs.
Selected as directly commissioned activities within the framework of the Fish Innovation Lab, each project is led by a team of experts from American universities and research institutions in developing countries. The projects complement the current research portfolio of the Fish Innovation Lab, filling gaps by addressing specific needs and expanding work in new countries and with new partners.
“The research program developed by the Fish Innovation Lab aims to produce applicable research results, increase the capacity of local partners and support the adoption of new innovations,” said Lawrence.
The State of Mississippi oversees and supports the entire research portfolio of the Fish Innovation Lab as the managing entity of the program and is the lead research institution for one of six new projects.
Recognized as a knowledge center for aquatic health by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the State of Mississippi is a leader in providing solutions to fight global hunger and improve livelihoods in priority countries. MSU’s Global Center for Aquatic Food Security works to address the challenges facing aquaculture and find solutions to meet global food security needs while ensuring a secure supply of fish.
MSU President Mark E. Keenum is a former undersecretary of the US Department of Agriculture who has made food safety a central focus of his professional life. Currently, he is Chairman of the Food and Agriculture Research Foundation and the Council for the International Development of Food and Agriculture.
For more information on the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish, visit fishinnovationlab.msstate.edu or contact the lab at [email protected]
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About Feed the Future
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, especially women, Feed the Future helps partner countries develop their agricultural sectors to boost economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and poverty. undernourishment. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.
About the Fish Innovation Lab
Funded by USAID, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish aims to reduce poverty and improve nutrition, food security and livelihoods in developing countries by supporting the sustainable development of aquaculture and fish farming. peach.
This press release was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the Feed the Future initiative. The content is the responsibility of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish and does not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States government.