Improving Human Outcomes

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Building Resilience of Fishery and Aquaculture Systems

Mississippi State University and its partners, through the Feed the Future initiative, are developing new technologies and practices to improve the resilience of aquaculture and fishery systems to meet income and nutrition needs of vulnerable groups…

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Florence Malama has joined the FishFirst! Zambia Team

Florence Malama has joined the FishFirst! Zambia team and will be working in-country to implement surveys at Lake Kariba.

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Fish Innovation Lab Awards Additional Project in Kenya

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (Fish Innovation Lab) at Mississippi State University (MSU) has awarded approximately $500,000 to a new project aimed at helping solve hunger and improve ecosystems in coastal Kenya.

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Gender Mainstreaming in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors: The Fish Innovation Lab’s Framework

The Fish Innovation Lab supports applied fisheries and aquaculture research in five Feed the Future countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia. A common thread in all projects is to promote technology adoption and positive behavior…

Image Alternative Text: Dr. Basant Gomma, left, a graduate student in MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, works alongside CVM Professor Dr. Mark Lawrence in February to observe fish while conducting research for the MSU-led Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish. The USAID-funded initiative aims to improve nutrition, food security and livelihoods in developing countries by supporting the sustainable development of aquatic habitats and fisheries. Lawrence serves as director of the Fish Innovation Lab. (Photo by Beth Wynn)

MSU continues international leadership in aquaculture, world’s fastest-growing food production sector

As aquaculture and fisheries play an increasingly important role in addressing global food security, Mississippi State University is continuing to build its reputation as an international leader in the field.

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Meet the Deputy Director: Elin Torell

"I believe it is critical to take an integrated approach to fisheries management where you consider how human behaviors and context, including population and health, influence the choices people make within the fisheries sector."

Image Alternative Text: F2F volunteer Karen Veverica at Lake Kariba in Zambia, during a field trip as part of training of trainers for a Zambian Ministry's aquaculture project

Virtual Farmer-to-Farmer Assignments in the Time of COVID-19

The USAID-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is a volunteer program which provides technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and…

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$5.7 million to fight global hunger awarded by MSU-based Fish Innovation Lab

Through the $5.7 million, the Fish Innovation Lab is supporting 12 research-for-development projects focused on aquaculture and fisheries activities along the fish value chain in Bangladesh (3), Cambodia (2), Kenya (1), Nigeria (5) and Zambia (1).

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Detailed Country Listing of New Fish Innovation Lab Projects

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish has awarded $6.2 million USD to 13 research-for-development projects to address food and nutrition security in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia.

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Meet the Nutrition Specialist: Lora Iannotti

"We have to figure out how to nourish well 10 billion people while simultaneously protecting our planet. I believe these two challenges are intertwined, and thus, the solutions should also be connected."