As part of a quick start project with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish and to better understand the needs of fish farmers, Bangladesh Agricultural University developed a survey schedule to survey farms located in Mymensingh, Rajshahi, and Jashore regions.
In early September, the Fish Innovation Lab participated in a multi-stakeholder workshop to develop a plan to strengthen capacity for innovation in the aquaculture sector of southwestern Nigeria. Approximately 30 representatives of public and private sectors, research institutions, and civil society gathered in the WorldFish offices for two intensive days of hands-on, interactive activities.
Experiences at Mississippi State outside the classroom also have helped Laura Ingouf find and use her voice. Over the summer, she worked in the Gender Impacts Lab at the Social Science Research Center, which provided her the opportunity to go to Zambia to assist the MSU-led Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish with addressing food security in the country. This field research involved meeting with Zambians in fishing villages around Lake Bangweulu to better understand family eating habits and nutritional needs.
Robert Kolbila, a doctoral student at Mississippi State University (MSU) and native of Ghana, presented research on the Fish Innovation Lab's Fish4Zambia project at the university's recent Graduate Research Symposium.
Hilsa, Tenualosa ilisha, is a large anadromous shad that is the national fish in Bangladesh. It is a very popular food fish in the country. The fish has enormous benefits for human health due to availability of essential micronutrients, minerals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids (i.e., omega-3 fatty acids) in its flesh and other edible parts of the body. The Hilsa Fishery Management Plan of Bangladesh could be a good lesson in well-planned fisheries management for recovery of an economically important fish species.
This recipe from Bangladesh contains a variety of foods and spices, illustrating one of the most important health behaviors—dietary diversity! Fish and other foods in the recipe—potatoes (tubers) and brinjal (eggplant in the berry family)—were important parts of our evolutionary diet.
Mbonyiwe Chakanga dreams of a Zambia with improved opportunities for women in aquaculture and increased production for fish farms throughout the country.
Annie Mumba sees empowering women as integral to food and nutrition security and believes that improving opportunities for women will have far-reaching benefits for communities.
Fish Innovation Lab Deputy Director on Empowering Women and More Equitable Fisheries and Aquaculture Management
Throughout her career in coastal conservation work, Elin Torell has sought opportunities to help communities build capacity through inclusion and equality.
Understanding disparities in access to income and food can help us understand disparities in nutrition, especially for women and children in poor households. The Fish4Zambia team at the Fish Innovation Lab collected data over the summer to understand these needs among families in fishing camps and villages who earn their livelihoods from Lake Bangweulu in Zambia’s Laupula Province. This research project is a first step toward identifying ways to improve food and nutrition security, particularly for low-resource, rural families and communities in the country.