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Aquatic Animal Foods Play a Key Role in Supporting Nutrition and Child Health

A new paper by the Fish Innovation Lab's nutrition specialist, East Africa specialist, and colleagues examines data from 175 countries over 20 years to estimate associations between consumption of aquatic animal source foods and important indicators for nutrition and child health. The Fish Innovation Lab is exploring many of the approaches recommended by the authors to help low-income communities improve nutrition and livelihoods through sustainable aquaculture and fisheries.

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FishFirst! Zambia Research Scholars Present Posters at 2022 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Ania Issac and Makayla Smith, two MSU undergraduate research scholars, presented posters of FishFirst! Zambia research at the 2022 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Mississippi State University.

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Aquaculture Training Teaches Bangladesh Farmers Business Practices to be More Profitable

A day-long training workshop for fish farmers on scientific and farm business management practices in Bangladesh provides the knowledge farmers need to diversify their farming operations to earn more income. This training by the Strategies for Inclusive Aquaculture Value Chain in Bangladesh project can help farmers to better adapt to changing climate and market conditions.

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Integrated Rice-Fish Farming in Nigeria: A Resilient Approach in the Face of Climate Change

Severe weather events like flooding, drought and rising temperatures disproportionately affect many Nigerian fishing and farming communities given the naturally arid conditions of their environment. Read the full story by Feed the Future to learn how the Fish Innovation Lab is working with one farmer to introduce rice-fish farming to her community and strengthen climate resilience.

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USAID Announcements at the 2022 Our Ocean Conference

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced 24 new and ongoing initiatives to conserve and protect our oceans, including the Fish Innovation Lab, at the 2022 Our Ocean Conference in Palau.

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A Visit to an Artificial Insemination Center Teaches Cryopreservation and Cryogenic Sperm Banking

A visit to the Central Artificial Insemination Center for Livestock provides techniques to help the Cryogenic Sperm Banking team increase the impact of their efforts to improve sperm cryopreservation and cryogenic sperm banking in their own project.

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Meet the East Africa Regional Coordinator: Andrew Wamukota

Meet Andrew Wamukota, the Fish Innovation Lab's East Africa Regional Coordinator. "The consumption of fish is very important for all but critically important for pregnant women and children under five years," he said. "People need to know that fish contributes significantly to the brain development of children, and this has a bearing on their productivity in adult life."

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Innovations in Aquaculture Production and Fisheries Management Build Climate Resilience

Since changes in climate and extreme weather events can significantly impact the aquaculture and fisheries industries, the Fish Innovation Lab is working to address climate-related shocks to help build resilience and mitigate risks.

Image Alternative Text: Researchers in a boat: Front row from left to right is Phannara and Phun, and in the back row from left to right is Champapao, Chakriya Chum, and Sreyden, visiting fishermen along the Sre Ambel River to collect fish for nutrition analysis.

Building Capacity: Graduate Student in Cambodia Working on the First Nutritional Database for Fish

The "Increasing Sustainability of Fisheries and Aquaculture for Resilience of Cambodian Communities" project is helping develop a nutritional database for fish, which will provide the knowledge to help fill in gaps and limitations in fishery communities. Chakriya Chum hopes to combine the management of fishery ecosystems and food science to develop solutions for food insecurity and nutritional needs in Cambodia.

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Working from the Inside Out: How the Fish Innovation Lab Helps Partners Integrate Gender in Their Activities

A four-part series of briefs synthesizes the results of the Gender Responsive Aquaculture/Fisheries Development Assessment, an internal survey to measure gender integration in the Fish Innovation Lab's research portfolio.