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Honorary doctor at SLU receives the 2021 World Food Prize

Published: 12 May 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted who will receive the 2021 World Food Prize for her improvement of aquatic food systems for enhanced nutrition and resilient ecosystems. Dr. Thilsted was appointed honorary doctor at SLU's Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences in 2020.

The work of Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted in the field of aquatic food systems is not only improving the diets of millions in Africa and Asia but is helping to build more resilient ecosystems. This is crucial as we continue on toward reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The motivation for the award

“Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, native of Trinidad and Tobago and a citizen of Denmark, will receive the 2021 World Food Prize for her groundbreaking research, critical insights and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquaculture and food systems. By bringing together interdisciplinary and international collaborators, she drove transformations in aquatic food systems to deliver improved nutrition, resilient ecosystems and secure livelihoods for millions of vulnerable people across the globe.”

Read about Dr. Thilsted

Read about the World Food Prize

In December 2020 Dr. Thilsted presented at a seminar at SLU. Read more and see a recording of the seminar here:

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Footnote: 2020 honorary doctors will be conferred a doctor's degree in connection with the doctoral degree award ceremony in October 2021 in Uppsala, due to prevailing circumstances. Their respective lectures will also be held in connection with the ceremony in 2021.