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Mak Launches CAD2.7million NutriFish Project

The Principal CAES, Prof. Bernard Bashaasha (holding microphone) flanked by other officials launches the CAD2.7million NutriFish collaborative project on 27th June 2019, Kampala Uganda.

The Harnessing dietary nutrients of under-utilised fish and fish-based products in Uganda (NutriFish) project was launched on the 27th June 2019 by the Principal, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Prof. Bernard Bashaasha the who represented the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. The Principal Investigator of NutriFish is Dr. Jackson Efitre, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences.

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 Research 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).

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 nutrient-rich foods. 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 and improved livelihoods.

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