Burundian Fishers Hooked on Improved Fish Drying Technique

In Burundi, fishing is a major source of livelihood for many people living near Lake Tanganyika, but unhygienic preservation methods have led to harvest loss, poor quality fish for consumption, and decreased incomes. The FAO and the Burundi Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture have introduced a simple new fish drying technique that is sustainable, reduces waste, and improves the livelihoods of farmers along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

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The Lucky Iron Fish – Part Four of our Grand Challenges Canada series

In Cambodia, six in 10 women are anemic due to iron deficiency in their diets, causing premature labour, hemorrhaging during childbirth and the impaired brain development of their babies. Usually obtained through red meat or other iron-rich foods, a small chunk of iron added to water in the cooking pot can release a life-saving iron supplement. Enter the Lucky Iron Fish, shaped like a local river fish believed to bring good luck and fortune.

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Super Bananas to the Rescue!

Australian professor, James Dale, has developed a genetically-modified ‘super banana’ reportedly capable of providing ten times the vitamin A potential of an average banana. The controversial super banana is targeted at Uganda where blindness, bodily infections and fatalities often result from widespread vitamin A deficiency.

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Fishing for a Solution to Iron Deficiency Anemia

  Roughly half of the world’s population is iron deficient, which can result in fatigue, dizziness and impaired cognitive ability. Iron deficiency is also the leading cause of anemia, a condition in which the body’s oxygen-carrying capacity is insufficient to adequately meet a person’s physiologic needs. While anemia can usually be treated with iron-rich foods like red meat or nutritional …

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