Global nutrition expert of Indian descent, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted won the esteemed World Food Prize 2021. For her trailblazing research in Bangladesh on small native fish, she received this recognition.
The world food prize foundation said her trailblazing research, in Bangladesh, on small native fish species has resulted in improved diets for millions of the most vulnerable people in Asia and Africa. It is so because her research and work lead to the development of nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquatic food systems at all levels, from the farm to food processing to final consumers.
— World Food Prize Foundation (@WorldFoodPrize) May 11, 2021
Global nutrition expert Thilsted, 71, said that she feels honored to have received World Food Prize 2021 and to be placed in such a distinguished rank as those of past laureates.
She also shared that she feels this award is an important one as it recognizes the often overlooked role of fish and aquatic food systems in agricultural research for development. For millions of vulnerable women, children, and men, fish, and aquatic foods offer life-changing opportunities to be healthy and well-nourished.
Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, brought international and interdisciplinary collaborators together. Also, drove transformations in aquatic food systems delivering resilient ecosystems, improved nutrition, and secure livelihoods for millions of vulnerable people across the globe.
From feeding to nourishing hundreds of millions of people who depend on fish and other aquatic foods as an integral part of their food, livelihoods, culture, and nutrition security, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted expanded the evolution of food systems.
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A citizen of Denmark and a native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in the small village of Reform in 1949.
Including Thilsted’s family, many other inhabitants there were descendants of Indian Hindu migrants brought to Trinidad to engage in agricultural labor.