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Aquaculture and Rural Communities: Farm Diversification Through Rice-Fish Farming

The ultimate goal of farm diversification is to increase productivity and access to rice and fish, improve nutrition-sensitive diets, promote resource use efficiency, and generate employment and better livelihood options in the target communities. Since the project’s inception in 2020, over 200 farmers with little or no knowledge of aquaculture have been trained and empowered with the knowledge of rice field adaptation to include aquaculture.

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Elsevier to Publish M. Gulam Hussain’s New Tilapia Farming Book

Look out for M. Gulam Hussain's future book titled Tilapia Farming: Breeding Plans, Mass Seed Production, and Aquaculture Technologies. Click the link to learn about what this book will cover and how it can help those in the aquaculture industry.

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Video: How to Make a Sustainable Fish Trap |DIY|

Check out this new video featuring the modified fish trap developed by our Samaki Salama team. More durable materials plus an escape door for juvenile fish help small-scale fishers spend less money on repairs and support the long-term sustainability of the fishery for improved food security and nutrition.

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Meet the Human Outcomes Specialist and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist: Gina Rico Mendez

Meet Gina Rico Mendez, the Fish Innovation Lab's Human Outcomes Specialist and Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist. "Reliable, sustainable, and affordable access to food has been and continues to be a critical issue to ensure food and nutrition security worldwide. The Fish Innovation Lab supports the development of innovations that are tackling these critical issues of access to affordable and nutritious foods, particularly fish."

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: International Training Helps Aquaculture Researchers Enhance Early Detection Skills

Oluwaseun Ogundijo recognized the importance of early disease detection for improved aquaculture health and food production in Nigeria, but he lacked access to some of the most advanced diagnostic approaches. A workshop conducted by WorldFish under the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish activity on aquaculture biosecurity changed that.

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MSU Undergraduate Students Serving up Research to Feed Zambians

Three Mississippi State University undergraduate students participated in the 2023 Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium, presenting on Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish research aimed to end hunger in Zambia.

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Improving Biosecurity Team Engages Stakeholders in Nigeria to Reduce Disease in Aquaculture

The Improving Biosecurity team held a stakeholder engagement workshop in Ibadan, Nigeria, covering best management practices in aquaculture. Additionally, the event served to transfer the Improving Biosecurity team’s knowledge and tools to the local people, so they can put the information gathered into practice moving forward for long-term sustainability.

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Building Bridges: Strategies for Productive Engagement with Government and Other Stakeholders

In this Agrilinks blog post, Fish Innovation Lab Asia Specialist Madan Dey reflects on the importance of engaging with government and other stakeholders to achieve long-term development gains for food security, nutrition, and food safety.

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The Fish Innovation Lab Goes to Kenya for Regional Partners Meeting

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish attended the 2023 Feed the Future Innovation Labs Regional Partners Meeting in Kenya. The meeting, which focused on systemic and innovative solutions for climate adaptation, food, and nutrition systems, presented an opportunity for innovation labs to share experiences and collaborate with one another.

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Tackling Hunger Through Integrated Farming

A story in The Nation highlights the Fish Innovation Lab's Farm Diversification activity, which is introducing the benefits of integrated rice-fish farming to communities in Nigeria.