WorldFish provides 14,000 GIFT fry to the Jitra Aquaculture Extension Center

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WorldFish provides 14,000 GIFT fry to the Jitra Aquaculture Extension Center

Date: 14 Dec 2023 

Location: Penang, Malaysia 

In a landmark development for sustainable aquaculture practices in Malaysia, WorldFish has successfully provided 14,000 18th generation Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) fry to the Jitra Aquaculture Extension Center. This significant contribution, stemming from WorldFish's state-of-the-art Aquaculture Research Center, is a part of our collaborative efforts with the Department of Fisheries in Malaysia who will disseminate the fry to hatcheries around the country. 

This initiative is not just about the transfer of high-quality GIFT fry. It represents our commitment to sustainable aquaculture, innovation, and our ongoing collaboration with the Malaysian Department of Fisheries,” said WorldFish Director General, Dr. Essam Yassin Mohammed.  

The delivery of the GIFT fry underscores WorldFish’s focus on enhancing seed production and dissemination, setting new standards in fish farming practices that are both sustainable and productive. WorldFish GIFT play a crucial role in advancing sustainable fish farming, ensuring food security, and supporting economic growth. 

WorldFish GIFT which are a climate-smart innovation, providing affordable nutritious food and increasing incomes, while also helping to reduce carbon footprint of food systems and enhancing resilience to climate shifts.  

Photographs of the event are available here 

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David Wardell 

About WorldFish 

WorldFish is an international research organization that creates, advances and translates aquatic food systems science into scalable solutions. We envision an inclusive world of healthy, well-nourished people and a sustainable blue planet, now and in the future. Our mission is to end hunger and advance progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through science and innovation to transform food, land and water systems with aquatic foods for healthier people and the planet.  

For over 45 years, WorldFish's data, evidence and insights have shaped practices, policies and investments to end hunger and advance sustainable development in low- and middle-income countries.  We have a global presence across 20 countries in Asia, Africa and the Pacific, with 460 staff of 30 nationalities deployed where the most significant sustainable development challenges can be addressed through holistic aquatic food systems solutions. Embedded in local, national and international partnerships, we work with countries to to help set agendas, develop capacities and create new knowledge to support decision-making for climate action, food and nutrition security, resilient fisheries and sustainable aquaculture, blue economy, One Health and AgriTech, integrating gender, youth and social inclusion.  

A core element of the 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet is focused on building the resilience of aquatic food systems to shocks, which is critical to COVID-19 response and recovery. 

WorldFish is part of CGIAR, the world's largest agricultural research and innovation network.  

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