Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

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School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Zambia

The University of Zambia was founded in 1965 and started delivering the mandate of training in higher education in 1966. In 1968, the School of Agricultural Sciences (SAS) was established. The Department of Animal Science, Department of Nutrition Sciences and Department Food of Science and Technology are involved in aquaculture-related subjects such as production systems, fish for the nutrition and food, post harvest, processing, and utilization. The SAS is a centre of excellence for the agricultural research in the country. The Department of Nutrition Sciences is the newest addition. Food Science has been operating successfully for the past 12 years and the Animal Science Department is one of the oldest departments with aquaculture as one of the major fields of study in the undergraduate courses.

One of the recent researches is on the ‘Impact of nutrition and fish supplementation as a response to anti-retroviral therapy’ jointly conducted with WFC. In this study, literature on the importance of fish in nutrition and information relating to fish consumption and utilization particularly of people living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia was collated; results showed that there was a need to undertake a baseline study to find out how much fish is consumed by the affected people, and reported that there is a trend for fish being the most preferred source of protein; however, fish is accessed in very small quantities due to poverty.

Key personnel

Dr Drinah Banda Nyirenda

Dr Drinah Banda Nyirenda, Head of Animal Science Department, has double major in Animal and Human Nutrition from the University of California, Davis (M.Sc. 1976-1978, Ph.D. 1980-1984). She has conducted research on sources of animal protein and efficient utilization of local feed stuffs from 1979 to 1991. She has been working on best combination of fish diets and cassava consumption in Zambia. She has been conducting public nutrition training and developing its training materials to promote fish as a major source of protein and other substitution and or fortification of the baby foods.

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