The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish hosted a virtual side event at the 2021 Norman E. Borlaug International Dialogue in October. The event aimed to inspire conversation around transforming food systems through the use of fish foods for nutrition security. It highlighted four research activities from the Fish Innovation Lab that are testing innovative, sustainable approaches to ensuring access to fish foods for vulnerable groups.
The Borlaug International Dialogue, held virtually last month, is an annual event bringing together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. It has been called the “premier conference in the world on global agriculture.”
Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum provided the opening address to the side event hosted by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish. The lab also is the funder for the MSU scholars’ featured research.
“The Borlaug Dialogue is a wonderful opportunity to engage in discussions about how best to transform food systems and combat global hunger and malnutrition,” Keenum said.
In Nigeria, MSU faculty and students are working with colleagues to improve the quality and safety of processed fish products. Terezie Tolar-Peterson, associate professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and a MAFES scientist, is the lead U.S. investigator and is working to facilitate training for local fish processors.
One of the nourishing nations project’s main objectives is to educate women and youth fish processors about the benefits of fish in one’s diet as well as teaching better fish processing practices and food safety.
“Although processing fish is an important method of reducing postharvest loss, traditional methods can lead to a multitude of food safety issues that put consumers at risk,” Tolar-Peterson said.
Tolar-Peterson and colleagues are developing cost-per-nutrient guides, building capacity and educating women and youth fish processors on the best, most nutrient-rich methods to preserve their catch. Grace Adegoye, a doctoral candidate under the direction of Tolar-Peterson and a native of Nigeria, developed and validated the facilitator’s guide and developed interactive curriculum for the fish processor trainings. MSU State News Room