Nutrifish Launch

NutriFish Project Launched

NutriFish Project Launched

The Harnessing Dietary Nutrients of under-utilised fish and fish-based products in Uganda (NutriFish) project was launched on the 27th of June 2019 by Prof. Bernard Bashaasha (Principal – College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) who represented Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor of Makerere University.

NutriFish is a three-year CAD2.7million (UGX7.6bn) project and will be implemented by a collaborative consortium of researchers led by Makerere University (Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences (ZEFs), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS) in partnership with the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NaFIRRI) of the National Agricultural Organization (NARO); NUTREAL Uganda Limited; and McGill University, Canada. The project is co-funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Centre (ACIAR), under the Cultivate Africa’s Future Fund Phase 2 (CultiAF2). The Principal Investigator of the NutriFish is Dr. Jackson Efitre, Senior Lecturer in ZEFs.

NutriFish aims to address the nutritional needs of the Ugandan population particularly the vulnerable groups who need high-quality nutritious diets but cannot afford expensive food. The project intends to increase availability, accessibility and consumption of under-utilized small fishes and fish processing by-products for sustainable food and nutrition security. Studies have shown that nutritional deficiencies are widespread in poor rural and urban communities of Uganda and mainly prevalent among women of reproductive age and children under 5 years.

 

The launch event was attended by all project partners, staff from Makerere University, National Agricultural Research Organisation, NaFIRRI, line ministries, media and non-governmental organisations including Fish Processors and Exporters Association, Women Fish Processors Association. Representatives of IDRC, CultiAF and ACIAR also attended the meeting.

 

For more on the project visit: http://bit.ly/2Yb6bnJ   or contact:

Dr. Jackson Efitre – Principal Investigator

Senior Lecturer

Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences

E-mail: jefitre@cns.mak.ac.ug ; jefitre@gmail.com

Phone: +256(0)773413144