My name is Pardis Lakzadeh and I’m a graduate from the Faculty of Integrated Sciences in the area of Human Nutrition and Immunology. My focus was on understanding the impact of Nutrition on overall health and more specifically the relationship between nutrients and the immune system. I was first introduced to this area of research in FNH 355 International Nutrition, taught by Judy McLean herself! I was immediately taken in by the complexity of the problems surrounding nutrition globally, and was very impressed with the innovative solutions offered. This new found interest motivated me to follow up this course with FNH 455 Applied International Nutrition, and it was here that I first learned about Fish on Farms. I knew immediately that I would like to be involved and here I am 6 months later. Over the next few months together with Hellene Sarin I will be updating the blog posts and twitter account, to keep you updated on the exciting progress of Fish on Farms.
My name is Hellene Sarin and I will be working with Pardis Lakzadeh over the next few months. I am from Phnom Penh, and a fourth year student majoring in Natural Resources Conservation in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Building on my experience from last summer in Cambodia where I was involved in the research evaluation of a voucher program for reproductive health, through qualitative research that has a strong focus on gender analysis with FoF, I hope to gain a better understanding of the problems that surround nutrition issues in a developing country. I am also really excited to learn more about Participatory Rural Appraisal tools throughout the project and how the integration of aquaculture into homestead food production works to improve nutrition and livelihood of the people.