2021 World Food Prize Awarded to Fish Innovation Lab Contributing Researcher Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

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On May 11, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted was named the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate for her groundbreaking work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic food systems.

Thilsted is the global lead for nutrition and public health at WorldFish and a contributing researcher to the Fish Innovation Lab’s FishFirst! Zambia project.

Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” the World Food Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food for all. The recognition of Thildsted’s work highlights the critical role of fish and aquatic food systems in the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition.

Read more about the award and Thilsted’s influential work to develop nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems here.