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MSU bolsters UN hunger relief ties

January 9, 2014

MSU President Mark E. Keenum, right, and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization Deputy Director General Daniel Gustafson signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday that expands a 2010 agreement for collaborations addressing aquatic animal health, disease prevention and emergency diagnostics. (Photo by Indro Soesilo, UN Food and Agriculture Organization)

Mississippi State University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that will expand MSU’s capacity to research solutions to global poverty and hunger.

This week, MSU President Mark Keenum led a delegation of university leaders that traveled to Rome, Italy, where Keenum and FAO Deputy Director General Daniel Gustafson signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that recognizes MSU as a Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health and makes MSU a member of the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership. Through the memorandum, FAO will also expand its Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES), using MSU’s expertise in aquatic animal diseases to help EMPRES promote effective containment and management of food safety threats, epidemic pests and diseases.

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