The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute this week kicked off its “Water for Food Global Forum,” a virtual series of events convening international experts, growers, and organizations to focus on achieving global water and food security. The event features both on-demand and live virtual events and the first live panel Thursday discussed the need for change in global food and water systems.
Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is the Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at WorldFish and was recently named the 2021 World Food Prize Laureate for her pioneering work in aquatic foods research.
She spoke about the great diversity of aquatic foods that can be harvested from bodies of water. “Aquatic foods are this generation’s ‘super foods,'” she said. “They’re powerhouses that provide multiple highly available micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, as well as protein.”
Listen to Thilsted’s remarks to the Water for Food global forum here:
Water for Food forum - Shakuntala Thilsted (4:54)