UN Photo/Martine Perret

Moving the narrative from ‘feeding to nutrition’: an interview with the World Food Prize laureate  

Aquatic foods – a key source of protein, micronutrients and essential fatty acids – are “superfoods”, which, when added to a diverse diet of vegetables, fruits and pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils, contribute to cognition, health and nutrition.   

In an interview with UN News, 2021 World Food Prize Laureate Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted explained the important role that fish and aquatic food systems have in sustainable healthy diets, and how they should be included in nutrition policies and programme interventions to tackle malnutrition. 

UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

UN-backed fish farm project unites Ugandans and refugees

The number of people who have fled their homes due to conflict, persecution and instability hit a record high of 65.6 million in 2016, according to the latest data from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

Nowhere is the refugee crisis growing faster than in Uganda which has taken in more than one million refugees: double the number from last year.

Dianne Penn reports on the story of one Congolese woman who is trying to build a new life in the country.

Duration: 2'01"

FAO/M. Hasan

FAO warns “lethal” virus affecting farmed and wild tilapia

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning of a highly contagious disease that is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia.

The Tilapia Lake Virus has now been confirmed in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand, and FAO is urging countries to intensify diagnostic testing, among other measures.

So far, it can only be found in three species of tilapia.

Dr. Melba Reantaso is a Fishery Resources Officer with FAO.