The U.S. Agency for International Development is committing $15 million over five years to create the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Fish. The initiative will be led by Mississippi State University’s Global Center for Aquatic Food Security under the direction of Mark Lawrence, associate dean and professor in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. MSU President Mark Keenum called the new USAID partnership “groundbreaking” and said the university is “well-positioned” to lead the effort. The Innovation Lab on Fish is an interdisciplinary program "aimed at reducing poverty and improving nutrition, food security and livelihoods among stakeholders in targeted regions," USAID and MSU said in a news release. "The lab is not a specific site, but a mechanism through which academic, private and public partners can identify solutions for global challenges" while helping to implement aquaculture and fisheries programs in developing countries.

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