Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - Malaysia

WorldFish Center

The WorldFish Center is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in partnership with a wide range of government and non-governmental agencies at regional, national and local levels in the developing world, and with advanced research institutions and development partners worldwide. The Center has 250 staff members, including 50 Ph.D. scientists based in 13 offices in 11 countries across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Work is conducted in more than 25 countries with more than 200 partners representing 50 countries. WFC is one of 15 centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a group of investors worldwide including governments, development banks, philanthropic organizations and development institutions. With partners, WFC carry out research-in-development to improve small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. Key competencies are in the fields of aquaculture and genetic improvement, policy, economics and social sciences and natural resource management. This inter-linked set of disciplines together provides a wide range of research and analytical skills to deliver solutions for improving small-scale aquaculture and sustainable aquaculture in the developing world. WFC is uniquely qualified for this project, due to its deep understanding of the aquaculture sector, strong impact-oriented development focus and wide partnership network in public and private sectors in the developing and developed world.

Key personnel

Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilstead

Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Senior Nutrition Adviser, leads a global programme on “Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health”, focusing on aquatic agriculture systems and supply of essential micronutrients from common small fish and other aquatic animals. She has worked within the area of food and nutrition security in many low-income countries in Africa and Asia, setting up research projects, designing and implementing programmes and assisting with capacity building of universities and national research institutions, as well as advising governments and international and regional agencies.

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