CGIAR Scientist Wins 2021 World Food Prize

Dr. Shakuntala Thilsted, a CGIAR scientist and nutrition expert from WorldFish, is the laureate of the 2021 World Food Prize for her achievements in pioneering fish-based food systems that improve nutrition, health, and livelihoods for millions around the world.

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  • Improved climate resilience in farming communities in 21 countriesthrough the establishment of Climate Smart Villages which test and scale resilient food system innovations.
  • Improved nutrition for 20 million people in low-income countriesthrough increased access to critical nutrients via micronutrient fortified crops with higher content of vitamin A, iron, and zinc.
  • Improved harvests, income for farmers and nutrition for childrenunder 5 years of age through the development of new tilapia strains, fisheries management practices, and integration of agriculture-fish crop systems.
  • Led responses to urgent and emerging crop and livestock diseaseswith global experts, including Fall Armyworm outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa, Wheat Blast epidemic in Bangladesh, and East Coast fever, a deadly cattle disease in East Africa.
  • Scaled access to improved wheat varietiesreaching almost half the world’s wheat areas  Annual economic benefit of wheat breeding research ranges from $2.2 to $3.1 billion.
  • Increased rice yield in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africaby 0.5 to 1 ton per hectare and profitability by US$200 per hectare through a smart mobile crop management tool called ‘RiceAdvice’
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