Image Alternative Text: Tahsina Tabassum interviewed a retail trader at one of the fish markets the team visited to get their survey data.

Fish Value Chain Survey Informs Future Interventions to Mitigate Foodborne Pathogens

Five enumerators total (four women and one man) were trained in survey collection methods as part of a Fish Innovation Lab research study led by Washington State University, estimating the prevalence of foodborne pathogens in two of the most consumed fresh fish in Bangladesh, tilapia and pangas, from retail markets in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. The enumerators conducted surveys with retailers, wholesalers, and producers during the summer of 2022.

Image Alternative Text: Group photo in the 3-D printing lab at LSU AgCenter

A Cross-Collaboration to Build the Cryopreservation Industry in Bangladesh

The LSU AgCenter and the Fish Innovation Lab’s Cryogenic Sperm Banking for Carps team came together at the LSU AgCenter facilities in the United States to learn from one another and work to further build the cryopreservation industry in Bangladesh.

Image Alternative Text: Kh. Mahbubul Haque, director general for the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries, officially received the G3 rohu strain from Essam Mohammed, director general for WorldFish.

The Carp Genetic Improvement Program in Bangladesh Shares G3 Technology With the Department of Fisheries

Kh. Mahbubul Haque, director general for the Bangladesh Department of Fisheries (DoF), officially received the rapid-growing WorldFish Generation 3 (G3) rohu on behalf of DoF during a day-long international workshop held on May 9, 2023. This research activity was funded by the Fish Innovation Lab from 2021-2023.

Image Alternative Text: Jamaa and his wife (both activity participants) display their goats in Kokotoni Village.

Kenyan Fisherman Improves His Livelihood and Family Wellbeing Through Modified Basket Traps and Training

Jamaa, a fisherman in his early 30s from the coastal region of Kenya, improved his fishing efforts after receiving fishing traps from the Samaki Salama activity. His livelihood and the wellbeing of his family have changed for the better thanks to the traps and what he has learned through the activity.

Image Alternative Text: A photo of Sunil Siriwardena

Meet the West Africa Regional Coordinator: Sunil Siriwardena

Meet Sunil Siriwardena, the Fish Innovation Lab's West Africa regional coordinator. "Malnutrition remains a major public health and development concern in most parts of the developing world. Continued efforts to increase access to fish as a nutritious food are important to improve dietary diversity, particularly among rural and marginal communities."

Image Alternative Text: Nnanna Hyacinth Chuckwu inspects a rice-fish farm.

Rice-Fish Farming Increases Yield, Improves Household Nutrition and Income for Nigerian Families

Nnanna Hyacinth Chuckwu, a rice farmer in Ebonyi State, Nigeria, learned how to incorporate fish into his rice farm. The Fish Innovation Lab's Farm Diversification team provided entry-level training for smallholder Nigerian rice farmers like Chuckwu who had little to no knowledge of aquaculture and how to implement rice-fish farming at the farm level.

Image Alternative Text: Rice-fish farming in action! Women and youth pull in a net of fish.

Integrated Rice-Fish Farming: Localization Through Farm Diversification

The practice of farming rice and fish simultaneously aims to improve the productivity, resilience, and biological diversity of the rice field while making optimal use of water and land resources. The Farm Diversification activity implementation was anchored by a participatory approach, involving farmers, farmers associations, extension workers and the research team made up of academics and development experts from Nigeria, Italy, and the United States. Read the Agrilinks story by Oluwafemi Ajayi here.

Image Alternative Text: Fish Innovation Lab and CAST team members stand in front of a tree at the CAST office

WISHH Cambodian Aquaculture Project Hosts U.S. Fish Innovation Lab

Members of the Fish Innovation Lab Management Entity team recently traveled to Cambodia to meet with implementing partners and visit activity sites. While there, they met with the Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade project team with the American Soybean Association's World Initiative for Soy in Human Health.

Image Alternative Text: The nutrition educator assistant visiting with Medza and Mariam at their home.

Samaki Salama: Helping a Grandmother in Kenya Provide Better Nutrition to her Granddaughter

Medza, a 74-year-old woman who lives in a village in Kenya, learns how to cook more nutritious meals for her young, growing granddaughter. Through a Samaki Salama nutrition educator and a cooking demonstration class by the research team, Medza now knows how to provide a balanced diet for her family to be healthier and help prevent illness.

Image Alternative Text: Director General of the Department of Fisheries, Kh. Mahbubul Haque, remarked on the research findings.

Video: Harnessing Machine Learning Activity's Dhaka Outreach Workshop

In this video, the Fish Innovation Lab's Harnessing Machine Learning activity shows highlights from an outreach workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Watch to learn more about this event and what policymakers and development partners had to say about the work the activity accomplished.