2021 World Food Prize Laureate

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate for her influential work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic food systems. Often referred to as the "Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture," the World Food Prize is the most prominent global award recognizing exceptional individuals who have worked to enhance human development by improving the quality, quantity, and availability of food for all. 

Dr. Thilsted is the first woman of Asian heritage to be awarded the World Food Prize. She was the first to examine the nutritional composition of small native fish species commonly found and consumed in Bangladesh and Cambodia. Her research demonstrated that the high levels of multiple essential micronutrients and fatty acids in these affordable and locally available foods offered life-changing benefits for children's cognitive development in their first 1000 days of life and the nutrition and health of their mothers. From this breakthrough, she went on to develop nutrition-sensitive approaches and innovations to food production, distribution, and consumption that have improved the diets, nutrition, and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable women, men, and children living in low- and middle-income countries across Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.

Her trailblazing work on nutrition in low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa show that fish and aquatic food systems are an integral part of food production, local diets, culture, child and maternal health, and general wellbeing. Her scientific findings demonstrate fish, and aquatic foods must occupy a more central role in future nutrition-focused interventions and policy and investment decisions for agricultural research and development and a sustainable transformation of food systems towards healthy and resilient diets. 

A true food systems thinker, the impact of Dr. Thilsted's research crosses over different disciplines and sectors. She is credited with developing the pond polyculture system, a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way of farming small and large fish species together in homestead ponds, water bodies, and rice fields. This innovation which helped to significantly increase the quality, diversity, and quantity of available food, prompted a large-scale shift towards aquaculture production in Bangladesh. In addition, it led the Government of Bangladesh to recognize the pond polyculture system as a critical innovation for meeting national targets to beat hunger, malnutrition, gender inequality, and poverty. 

Working together with local communities and private sector actors, Thilsted guided the development of innovative, affordable, and culturally acceptable fish-based products suitable for consumption by young children and lactating women. She discovered these products were nutrition powerhouses in their own right, and – when consumed with other foods – they also helped increase the absorption or bioavailability of other essential micronutrients found in vegetables and rice, such as iron and zinc.

Thilsted's influential research work on harvesting and processing in fish and aquatic food systems have enabled women in the sector to overcome gender barriers, to increase the visibility of their work in and contributions to the aquatic foods sector, to improve their access to affordable, nutritious fish and other foods, to increase incomes, and to create new business and economic opportunities. In addition, her work has guided the development of national campaigns and community programs to raise awareness and improve knowledge about nutrition and the critical inclusion of fish and aquatic foods in healthy and balanced diets for malnourished women and children.

Her scientific work on nutrition-sensitive approaches to food production from land and water have turned traditional thinking about agricultural research and food systems solutions on its head. She puts nutrition and public health outcomes at the heart of critical questions about how foods -- from land and water -- are produced, processed, transported, costed, distributed, and consumed. Dr. Thilsted's impressive body of research innovations is shifting the dial on global narratives of food production to higher food systems thinking from questions of 'feeding' a growing global population to a more enlightened discourse on 'nourishing' billions of people, nations, and our precious blue planet. In addition, her work on nutrition, fish, and aquatic food systems in low- and middle-income countries is inspiring a new generation of women in science, food systems thinkers, and aquatic foods champions. 

A passionate and inspiring scientific leader at WorldFish, CGIAR, and globally, Dr. Thilsted's critical insights shaped the formulation of the new disruptive 2030 WorldFish Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet.

She is a UN Food Systems Champion and serves as the Vice-Chair for Action Track 4: Advance Equitable Livelihoods of the upcoming 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. In addition, Dr. Thilsted is a member of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition and advises the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

A native of Trinidad and Tobago and a citizen of Denmark, she received her bachelor of science degree in Tropical Agriculture from The University of West Indies. She completed her post-graduate and doctorate studies in nutrition physiology at the University of Copenhagen. A CGIAR scientist, Dr. Thilsted is currently the Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at WorldFish, working to bring aquatic foods to the heart of the global science and policy discourse on sustainable food systems transformation towards healthy and resilient diets.

Meet the Laureate

Life and achievements


Starting life in a small caribbean island

Thilsted was born in 1949 in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the small village of Reform.

1960 - 1967

A natural curiosity

Thilsted studied secondary school at Naparima Girls’ High School. Her natural curiosity and attention to detail drew her to math and science where she excelled.

1968 - 1971

Following a passion for agriculture and nutrition

Thilsted completed her undergraduate education at the Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies, where she earned a B.Sc. in Tropical Agriculture in 1971. Thilsted’s studies were focused on animal production, where she took particular interest in the metabolism of nutrients. This understanding of the breakdown of nutrients would later be useful for her research in human nutrition.

1971 - 1973

Breaking barriers as the first and only woman

Straight after graduating, Thilsted commenced her career as the first and only woman in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries on the island of Tobago. As an agricultural officer she worked on a World Bank-funded project focused on improving smallholder agriculture with a special focus on livestock, and livestock products such as milk.

1973 - 1974

Moving into research

Thilsted took up her first research job as an assistant in Faculty of Natural Sciences at University of the West Indies, India, Trinidad Campus. Here she researched animal health and tick-bourne diseases in cows. This built her understanding of One Health approaches.


Finding love and adventuring across the atlantic

While working as an agricultural officer, she married her partner Finn Thilsted, a Danish law student who would later dedicate his career to diplomatic service. After marrying in a ceremony in Trinidad they soon moved to Denmark

1975 - 1980

Pursuing postgraduate studies in Denmark

Thilsted studied a postgraduate course and later a PhD with the Veterinary Faculty for FAO Fellows at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. Her research on the metabolism of nutrients in cows explored how to regulate and move nutrients from different cells with the goal of improving milk production.

1980 - 1981

Working with the FAO in Tanzania

After finishing her PhD, Shakuntala headed to Tanzania where she worked as an FAO Associate Expert, researching and teaching in the department of physiology at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Sokoine University.At the same time Shakuntala’s husband Finn took his first diplomatic posting as the First Secretary of the Royal Danish Embassy in Tanzania.

1982 - 1987

Returning to lead the Animal Physiology Department

On returning to Denmark, Thilsted took a leading role as the Assistant Head of Department at the Department of Animal Physiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University. In 1986, she was promoted to the position of Head of Department and later would take senior positions on the board.


Starting a family

Thilsted gave birth to her first child and only daughter Sita.


Second child and new beginning in Bangaldesh

Thilsted gave birth to her second child and first son Anil on November 1st in Copehagen, Denmark. Just five weeks later, Shakuntala and Anil moved to Bangladesh to join husband Finn, who had recently taken up a diplomatic posting. Arriving on December 31st, they brought in the new year as a family in their new home in Dhaka.


Working with malnourished children in Bangladesh

Thilsted worked at the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh as a Nutrition Coordinator on a child health program that treated around 7,000 children a year diagnosed with malnutrition. As part of her work, she went out into the urban and peri-urban slums of Dhaka to identify malnourished children for further treatment and home rations provided by the World Food Programme. Her time in the field allowed her to learn about local diets and culture.


Realizing the nourishing power of diverse fish

Thilsted took a leading role in developing a nutrition rehabilitation program for malnourished children with the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh. While developing the program she spoke to women who told her about the value of fish to their health, especially to good eyesight. These accounts inspired Thilsted to consider the high concentration of Vitamin A in fish and sparked her journey studying fish for nutrition.


Shaping nutrition efforts in Bangladesh

Thilsted took up a role as a member of a Working Group on Breastfeeding and Weaning Diets, organized by UNICEF, Bangladesh.


Joining the National Nutrition Council and UNICEF in Bangladesh

Thilsted took up a role as a member of the Consultative Group organized by the National Nutrition Council and UNICEF, Bangladesh for designing and testing a modified growth chart for Bangladesh.


Joining the Village Milk Production Project in Bangladesh

Thilsted took up a role as member of the Consultative Group for the Pre-appraisal of The Village Milk Production Project, Bangladesh and Collaboration between the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and the Department of Animal Science and Animal Health, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark.


Promoting nutritious foods for healthy mothers in Bangladesh

Thilsted took a role as a member of the Committee for the National Campaign for the Protection and Promotion of Breastfeeding organized by UNICEF, Bangladesh.


Building the evidence base on the nutrition composition of local fish

After gaining qualitative knowledge on the nutritious value of fish, Thilsted returned to the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark where she began to characterize the nutrition composition of small fish species, Mola. Using sophisticated methods for measuring Vitamin A compounds in fish she discovered fish had high levels of dehydroxy retinol, a Vitamin A metabolite, confirming her hypothesis that small fish were good for eyesight. Working with many Master’s and PhD students from Denmark and Bangladesh, Thilsted went on to continue to detail the nutrient composition of small fish finding they are high in many micronutrients, fatty acids that are essential for the cognitive development of children and the health of mothers. With her growing body of evidence on the nutritional composition, Thilsted set out to increase consumption of small fish, especially for women and their children in the first 1000 days of life, the most critical period for nutrition in a child’s development.


Sharing knowledge on human nutrition at the University of Copenhagan

Between 1992 and 2009, Thilsted was an Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark in the Department of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Life Sciences where she specialized in nutrition in low-income countries.


Shaping the nutrition agenda in the Nordic

Thilsted served as a board member and member of the steering committee for the Nordic Network for Nutrition.


Shaping the nutrition agenda in the European Union

Thilsted took a role as the coordinator for the European Union NECTOR (Natura European Community Training programme for Agricultural universities in southern Regions) and NATURA (Network of European Agricultural (Tropical and subtropical oriented) Universities and scientific complexes related with agricultural development program Food and Nutrition Sciences. Between 1996-2004 she was a member of the Steering Committee of the European Forum for International Nutrition and also became a member of the Steering Committee of the European Forum for International Nutrition between 1998-2004.


Evaluating diets in Egypt

Thilsted worked in Egypt as a nutrition consultant with UNICEF and the Egyptian government studying local nutritious foods for young children and their mothers.


Developing IFAD's nutrition strategy

Thilsted was contracted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to contribute to the development of its nutrition strategy.


Nutrition-sensitive approaches to pond production in Bangladesh

Thilsted led a team Bangladeshi and Danish students and researchers in developing pond polyculture systems, farming small fish together with large fish. Contrary to popular belief at the time, small fish did not compete with large fish for space or food. Instead, the approach increased total productivity by as much as five times, as well as enhancing species diversity and nutritional value of the production. Pond polyculture stopped the use of pesticides to eliminate competition from the small, lower-yielding native fish species before farmers stocked their ponds with more marketable fish such as carp or tilapia.


Nutrition-sensitive integrated farming practices

Guided by her insights into the role of fish in increasing the absorption of minerals from plant-source foods, Thilsted worked to create highly nutritious combinations of dried fish, high-iron rice and vitamin A-rich orange sweet potato. She then promoted pond polyculture together with sweet potato and vegetable cultivation as a practical way for rice farmers to diversify their farms and diets.


Nutrition-sensitive fish-based products

Thilsted creating innovative, ready-to-use, fish-based foods especially targeted for mothers and their young children, who are particularly vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies. Building on popular local recipes, she developed original whole dried fish food products, such as fish chutney and fish powder, with four times the nutrient density of fresh fish. Improvements in processing practices also resulted in reduced fish waste and loss and increased incomes for entrepreneurs, most of them women, who produced these value-added foods.


Nutrition-sensitive innovations encourage women’s engagement in fish production

Consumption of fish in the home increased when Thilsted introduced an inexpensive, homemade gillnet designed for women to easily harvest mola in small amounts for daily household use. Importantly, though mola only accounted for 15 percent of production by weight, it contributed 54 percent of vitamin A, 42 percent of vitamin B12 and a quarter of the calcium and iron of the needs of a family of four.


Joining the UN on nutrition

Thilsted was selected to represent of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark at the United Nations ACC/SCN (Administrative Committee on Coordination / Sub-committee on Nutrition) annual meetings.


Researching nutritious foods for HIV/AIDS patients in Africa

Thilsted moved with her family to Kenya where she worked with the world bank on food nutrition strategies for those living with HIV/ AIDS. During this period she also worked to develop best practices in the delivery of immunisation services in Ethiopia, Malawi and Kenya.


Influencing nutrition-sensitive policy shifts in Bangladesh

Thilsted efforts to promote pond polyculture paid off in 2004 when the Bangladesh Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock banned cleaning ponds and prohibited the use of pesticides to kill naturally occuring fish. Thilsted had convinced the leadership of a nation to convert to practices that were not only more economical and nutrition-sensitive, but reduced environmental pressures, habitat loss and health risks in rural communities.


Joins CGIAR to work with HarvestPlus

In 2004, Thilsted became a member of the steering committee of Harvest Plus and coordinated the introduction and scaling orange sweet potato in Sichuan Province, China. In Kenya, Thilsted coordinated a HarvestPlus project to estimate the bioavailability of iron and zinc in bean varieties from Kenya. She later went on to continue this work with orange fleshed sweet potato measuring the content of β-carotene and other provitamin A.


Working with the World Food Programme in Nepal

As a consultant for the World Food Programme in Nepal, Thilsted led the development and implementation of a nutrition strategy and micronutrient supplementation intervention under World Bank supported 'Nepal Food Crisis Response Programme.' During this time Thilsted also worked to build nutrition-sensitive approaches to inland aquaculture with women farmers.

2010 - 2015

WorldFish in Bangladesh

Shakuntala joined WordFish based in Bangladesh where she ran the nutrition and health components of the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), led by WorldFish and in Livestock and Fish (L&F) program, led by ILRI. Consolidating her nutrition-sensitive approaches in Bangladesh, she was able to scale these approaches through Asia and Africa, including Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Zambia. In these countries and others, she has spearheaded curriculum development and capacity-building at universities and national research institutions and advised governments and international and regional development agencies regarding nutrition-sensitive food systems.


Shaping the growth of aquaculture

In 2011, Thilsted became a member of the board of directors for Aquaculture without Frontiers where she serves until this day.


Bahavior campaign has impact in Bangladesh

With funding from the World Bank, Thilsted designed and implented a successful behaviour change campaign promoting the consumption of small fish for mothers and their children in Bangladesh

2015 - 2018

WorldFish in Cambodia

While at WorldFish, Thilsted led the nutrition component of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Fish Agri-food Systems (FISH) and contributed to the Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by IFPRI. She also colloborated with organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on aquatic food-based food programs to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and their children.


Nutrition-sensitive approaches backed in Bangladesh policy

BRAC and the Copenhagen Consensus Center evaluated Thilsted’s pond polyculture system as more cost-effective at supplying nutrients than vegetable gardening in Bangladesh. For supplying vitamin A alone, pond polyculture generated USD3.5 of benefits for each dollar spent. This conclusion prompted the government of Bangladesh to promote pond polyculture as the foremost food-based intervention in its country investment plan, dramatically increasing the supply and consumption of fish produced across the country by smallholder farmers, 60 percent of them women. Since 2000, aquaculture production in Bangladesh has increased threefold and the sector now supports 18 million people, making Bangladesh the fifth largest aquaculture producer in the world. Increased incomes and access to nutritious fish contributed to Bangladesh cutting chronic hunger by more than half and the number of underweight children by one quarter within the same period.


Pioneering global network on aquatic foods

Thilsted was a founding member of of the Global Action Network on Sustainable Food. Her involvement includes mobilizing activities for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

2018 - Now

Joins WorldFish in Penang

Since 2018, Thilsted has been based at WorldFish headquarters in Penang. In 2021, she was appointed as Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health where she shapes the development and implementation of the nutrition component of the 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy: Aquatic Foods for Healthy People and Planet.


Supporting the EAF-Nansen project

Thilsted joined researchers to support the implementation of the ecosystem approach in the management of marine fisheries in Developing Countries as part of the FAO EAF-Nansen project.


Aquatic foods boost health for Rohingya refugees

Thilsted worked with WorldFish and the World Food Programme to improve the access and consumption of safe aquatic foods among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. By working with local fisheries and groups of women entrepreneurs, the innitative has expanded the supply of solar-dried fish to local shops serving the community, making dried fish and fish products an easily accessible source of nutrition for refugees.


Honorary Doctor of Agricultural Science

Thilsted was appointed honorary doctor at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences.


Food System Summit

Appointed Champion and the Vice-chair of Action Track 4: Advance Equitable Livelihoods of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, Thilsted is guiding the Summit’s work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems and value chains that reduce risks and enable entrepreneurship.


CGIAR deputy lead Asia MEGA-DELTAS innitiative

Thilsted was appointed to lead the development of a CGIAR wide research innitiative as part of its transition to One CGIAR.


Aquatic foods for healthy, sustainable diets

Thilsted represented WorldFish in UN Nutrition’s core group and authored a discussion paper on the essential role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets.


Shakuntala Thilsted honored with Arrell Global Food Innovation Award

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, global lead for nutrition and public health at WorldFish, was named the recipient of the 2021 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award for her pioneering nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquatic food systems, in both fisheries and aquaculture, that honor local, culturally appropriate solutions to improve the nutrition, health and development of children and mothers across Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Scientific work

Journal Article

Aquatic foods to nourish nations

nutrition; sustainable aquaculture; aquatic foods

Harnessing the diversity of small-scale actors is key to the future of aquatic food systems

nutrition; sustainable aquaculture; aquatic foods; Small-scale fisheries
Journal Article

Blue food demand across geographic and temporal scales

nutrition; sustainable aquaculture; aquatic foods
Discussion Paper

The role of aquatic foods in sustainable healthy diets
UN Nutrition

nutrition; sustainable aquaculture; aquatic foods
Journal Article

Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies
Nature, 574(7776): 95-98

fisheries; nutrition; research; nutrients; developing countries; marine fisheries; nutrient deficiencies; nutrient improvement
blue paper

The Future of Food from the Sea

sustainable aquaculture
Journal Article

COVID-19 impacts and adaptations in Asia and Africa’s aquatic food value chains

surveys; value chains; covid-19; supply chain disruptions; aquatic organisms; supply balance
Journal Article

Dietary change in Bangladesh from 1985 to 2010

surveys; nutrition; households
Journal Article

Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era

fisheries; aquaculture; food security; nutrition
Journal Article

Homestead pond polyculture can improve access to nutritious small fish

mola; nutrition; gender; polyculture (aquaculture); sustainable aquaculture
Journal Article

Contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food security and poverty reduction: Assessing the current evidence

research; food security; fisheries; aquaculture
Journal Article

Inclusion of small indigenous fish improves nutritional quality during the first 1000 days
Sage Publications

research; nutrition; health; gender; fish
Journal Article

Fisheries in transition: Food and nutrition security implications for the global South

aquaculture; policies; fisheries; food security; nutrition
Journal Article

Farming fish in the sea will not nourish the world

aquaculture; equity; food security; nutrition; policies; sustainability; open ocean aquaculture; mariculture

Perspectives and blogs

Presentations and Multimedia

EMBRACE sustainable water and aquatic blue food diversity for climate smart food systems

Shakuntala participation as a speaker during the Plenary session for the Food Systems Pavilion day focused on Embracing sustainable water and aquatic blue food diversity for climate-smart food systems...

Food System Pavilion at COP27
14 Nov 2022


UN Ocean Conference I The launch of the 2022 edition of the FAO State of the World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) report

Launch of the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (SOFIA 2022)

View report here

20 June 2022


2022 UN Ocean Conference: Seaweed: Aquatic food solutions for people, climate and oceans

This UN Ocean Conference Side Event co-hosted by WorldFish, Sylhet Agricultural University in Bangladesh, WWF International and Safe Seaweed Coalition, drew upon the knowledge and ..

5 Jul 2022


UN Ocean Decade: Resilient aquatic food systems for a productive ocean

The session focussed on the rationale, objectives and insights from the strategy and highlight the success stories from the Solomon Islands in the Pacific and the State of Odisha in India ..

5 Jun 2022


The UWI Toronto Awards 2022 Tribute - Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

The University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s Award Presented at The University of the West Indies Toronto Benefit Awards, June 2022

UWI Toronto Gala
2 Jul 2022


Fish4Thought: Nutrient-rich small fish production, processing and marketing in Myanmar and Zambia

WorldFish has been awarded the Seeding The Future Global Food System Challenge grand prize of $250,000 for proposing ..

31 Mar 2022


Fish4Thought: Gender-inclusive innovations for aquatic food systems transformation

In this Fish4Thought virtual event held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, WorldFish's research experts came together to highlight gender-sensitive approaches that empower women ..

14 Mar 2022


Nexus Workshop Series (Module 2) - Bridging Climate-Smart and Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture

Watch english version of recorded full webminar

Nexus Workshop Series
14 May 2022


Aquatic Food Systems for Nourishing People and Planet: Nutrition-sensitive Approaches in Odisha, India - By Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted

Session 2: Bridging Climate-smart and Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture. Click here to watch the full session.

Nexus Workshop Series
14 May 2022


Shakuntala Thilsted: Inspiring speaker at the Opening Plenary, Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum

Watch WorldFish's Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, Shakuntala Thilsted, at the Opening Plenary of the Healthy Oceans Tech and Finance Forum as she discusses aquatic foods systems, ocean science, innovations ...

16 Feb 2022


2021 Borlaug Dialogue: Spotlight: Advancing Women & Children Further Faster

Our 2021 World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted and the President for Gender Equality at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Anita Zaidi, discuss the work of both individuals and what challenges they have faced ...

10 Dec 2021


2021 Borlaug Dialogue: CGIAR & WFPF Partnership and 50th Anniversary Celebration

This event will celebrate the 50 years of CGIAR long-standing relationship with the World Food Prize Foundation, as well as look ahead to CGIARs new portfolio of initiatives that will help transform ...

28 Oct 2021


2021 Borlaug Dialogue: Aquatic foods for healthy people and planet

This Borlaug Dialogue hosted by WorldFish and CGIAR was held alongside the celebration of WorldFish's Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health Shakuntala Thilsted, ..

20 Oct 2021


2021 Norman Borlaug Lecture - Aquatic Foods for Nourishing Nations

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted ...

Iowa State Lectures Series
19 Oct 2021


World Food Prize Laureates on Implications for Feed the Future and Achieving the SDGs

Please join World Food Prize Laureates Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted (2021) and Dr. Rattan Lal (2020) for a conversation with Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, and Mr. Mike Michener, ...

21 Oct 2021


Congratulations Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted on receiving your 2021 World Food Prize Laureate.

Facebook video coverage on CCN TV6: Trinidad and Tobago

CCN TV6: Trinidad and Tobago
23 Oct 2021


CFS 49: Transforming food, land and water systems for sustainable healthy diets

Equitable access to nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate aquatic foods and terrestrial animal-source foods is key to making sustainable healthy diets a reality for all, especially ..

15 Oct 2021


Nourishing Minds: A Conversation with the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate

n this dialogue event hosted by MARE2021, WorldFish’s Global Lead in Nutrition and Public Health, Shakuntala Thilsted, presented her research journey ..

1 Sep 2021


Fish4Thought: Youth in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture

In this exciting Fish4Thought event, the authors of the brief highlighted the outcomes and recommendations, building on the current understanding of youth’s livelihood aspirations ..

13 Aug 2021


Scaling Nutrition-sensitive and innovative Fisheries Technologies through partnerships in Odisha

highlighted the outcomes and recommendations, building on the current understanding of youth’s livelihood aspirations ..

21 Jun 2021


Nutrition sensitive pond polyculture

Watch this video to understand more about the contributions of aquatic foods to addressing diet-related diseases affecting the poor and vulnerable communities in Bangladesh.

7 May 2021


Global Panel Policy Brief Launch: Harnessing Aquaculture for Healthy Diets

This event was part of the launch of the Global Panel Policy Brief “Harnessing Aquaculture for Healthy Diets “by the Global Panel of Agriculture and Food Systems (GLOPAN)..

17 Feb 2021


CFS Partner Event: Building Forward Better with Aquatic Foods

This CFS High-Level Special Event on Food Security and Nutrition partner event took a unique approach by bringing geographically diverse and multisector representatives together to mobilize and coordinate a global movement ..

15 Oct 2020


Virtual Dialogue: Building Forward Better with Aquatic Foods

Watch the recording of the Virtual Dialogue: Building Forward Better, that took place Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

3 Aug 2020


WorldFish Scientists Talk: World Food Day

Fish are a nutritional powerhouse. They contain essential micronutrients and proteins critical to improving the health of children ...

18 Oct 2019


World Food Day: Making fish part of a nutritious diet

Shakuntala Thilsted, WorldFish’s Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, explains how fish can be integrated into agricultural production systems..

12 Oct 2018


Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-food Systems

Shakuntala Thilsted, Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition, WorldFish answers questions ahead of the Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-food Systems.

5 Dec 2017


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ATN News, New possibilities in the commercial production of mala fish farming
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OutlookIndia.com, The 2021 World Food Prize recognises that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition
The Conversation (US), The 2021 World Food Prize recognizes that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition
Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday, Trini-born scientist explores science of food
Congrats to Dr Thilsted from Hindu women
PM commends Trinidad scientist's World Food Prize award
The Middle East North Africa Financial Network, The 2021 World Food Prize recognizes that fish are key for reducing hunger and malnutrition
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Associated Press video - Expert wins World Food Prize for fish research
CBC News - Canada, This year's winner of the World Food Prize focused on small fish to fry
Odisha Bytes, Indian-Descent Researcher Bags World Food Prize
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Devdiscourse, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted of Indian descent wins World Food Prize 2021
Daily Mail, UK World Food Prize goes to nutrition expert for fish research
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The Daily Telegraph, UK Aquatic ‘superfoods’ could combat hunger triggered by the pandemic, says World Food Prize winner
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Putting the right food on our plates
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