MSU President Mark E. Keenum, right, and the United Nationâ€™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 Nationsâ€™ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that will expand MSUâ€™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 MSUâ€™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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