A virtual launch event exploring local solutions to ensure healthier diets with nutrient-rich aquatic foods are more accessible on a global scale.

Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022

Time: 15:30-16:30 (UTC+8) / 14:00-15:00 (UTC+6.30) / 09:30-10:30 (CAT)

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WorldFish has been awarded the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge grand prize of $250,000 for proposing a game-changing innovation 'Nutrient-rich small fish production, processing and marketing in Myanmar and Zambia (SPM).' This innovation utilizes dried fish powder from nutrient-dense small fish as part of healthy, affordable, and sustainable diets for vulnerable communities in developing countries.

Funded by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a not-for-profit US-based organization, the goal of the SPM project is to increase the production, processing and marketing of nutrient-rich fish to improve the diet diversity and income, food and nutrition security of vulnerable groups, especially young children and pregnant and lactating women, in Myanmar and Zambia.

To launch the initiative, leaders and members of the project from WorldFish gathered virtually to present the rationale behind the design, implementation and potential achievements of the project. Together with partners from Myanmar and Zambia, the panel also discussed actionable solutions to support this innovative project through policy, investment and interventions to tackle nutrient deficits and empower consumers to make choices for healthier people and planet.


Opening remarks:

Michael Akester, Regional Director, South East Asia and Pacific, WorldFish

Victor Siamudaala, Country Director, Zambia and Southern Africa, WorldFish


Keynote address:

Shakuntala Thilsted, Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish & 2021 World Food Prize Laureate


Brief overview of the project 'Nutrient-rich small fish production, processing and marketing in Myanmar and Zambia':

Quennie Vi Rizaldo, Project Lead & Human Nutrition Specialist, WorldFish


Panel Discussion

Heather Morris, Project Manager, Development of Dried Small Fish Powder, FedWell Foods Company

Aung Min Thaw, Project Management Assistant, Economic Growth Office, USAID & Activity Manager, Fish for Livelihoods Activity 

Raider Mugode, Head of Public Health & Community Nutrition Unit, National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC)

Harris Phiri, Acting Director, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Zambia


Closing remarks and next steps:

Victoria Nkole, Manager (Operations and Program Delivery), Zambia, WorldFish 



Hsu Mon Aung, Research and Administrative Officer, Myanmar, WorldFish 


Follow WorldFish and the hashtag #aquaticfoods to check out past conversations on Twitter. 

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Project Launch: Nutrient-rich small fish production, processing and marketing in Myanmar and Zambia