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Modeling Impact in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, significant progress has been made in recent years, in alleviating poverty and under nutrition; however, food insecurity and chronic poverty are evident in many communities. Agricultural technologies can have a significant impact on the quantity and quality of food that farmer’s produce, which directly effects their income and nutrition. This project is designed to estimate the impact of promoting integrated aquaculture-agriculture (IAA) technologies in Bangladesh, on household nutrition and poverty reduction.
 

Sustainable Trade in Ethical Aquaculture

Trade in farmed aquatic products is growing rapidly. Over 50% of fish production is traded internationally. The export of fin fish and shellfish from Asia to Europe is now, in value terms, the most important internationally traded food commodity sector. However, there are major issues regarding the sustainability of this trade from ecological, public health and broader ethical perspectives.
 

Advancing aquaculture production with better quality fish seed

The Greater Noakhali and Greater Barisal areas of southern Bangladesh include large numbers of rivers, ponds, floodplains, waterlogged paddy fields, canals and tributaries of the Meghna River. These areas have a long history of fisheries production. In the past, fish farmers have depended on natural fish seed collected from breeding grounds such as Halda River. However, the expansion and intensification of aquaculture has reached a point where the demand for fish seed can only be satisfied by hatchery production.

Small Fish Can Mean Big Nutrition

Malnutrition levels in Bangladesh are amongst the highest in the world. Approximately half of Bangladesh’s population lives below the food poverty line and the dietary intake of both adults and children are severely deficient in key vitamins and minerals. It is now understood that women and children are the more food-insecure and micronutrient-deficient in the population. This project, supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, aims to increase household income in poor, rural households in Bangladesh, and improve nutrition, especially in women and children, through increased intake of nutrient-rich small fish.

Increasing resilience through integrated research

The Ganges river basin system originates in the Himalayas and discharges to the Bay of Bengal through one of the most extensive and highly populated river deltas in the world. The Basin spreads over India (52%), Pakistan (22%), Nepal (17%) and Bangladesh (9%) with an area of 225 million ha and a population of 747 million people. Although the whole region is subject to many pressures, the coastal delta, encompassing south west Bangladesh and eastern India, is of particular concern. The brackish water coastal zone is home to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, who are exposed to hardships and challenges resulting from a number of factors not least of which are extreme weather events.

Aquaculture helping to improve health and nutrition in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has made important human development gains in recent years, reflected by reductions in poverty, mortality of children under five, and chronic malnutrition. These gains have been achieved in spite of frequent natural disasters, volatile food/fuel prices, and the effects of climate change. However, the prevalence of underweight children in the country (41%) is still the highest in the world. Chronic poverty is evident, particularly in rural areas, where many families are unable to meet their food needs. Transitory food insecurity is serious in those coastal and riverside areas affected by natural disasters.

Giving Bangladesh’s Shrimp Sector a Competitive Edge

The aquaculture industry is an important driver for the economic growth of Bangladesh. It generates more than US$500 million in export sales each year and employs more than 1 million people. Nonetheless, there are still significant opportunities to help the industry maximize its growth. For example, the shrimp sector in the country is unable to achieve its full potential due to poor quality shrimp and low yields that have created a gap between the demand for and supply of shrimp to local processing factories.

Conserving Natural Resources and Improving Livelihoods through Collaborative Management

Bangladesh is currently experiencing a steady loss of biodiversity in its protected areas: national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, game reserves, wetland and fishery sanctuaries, and ecologically critical areas. Despite this situation, people living in and around these ecosystems continue to extract and use the shrinking resources, mainly because they have few alternatives

Adding fish to the mix: Diversifying agriculture for improved productivity

Bangladesh is a densely populated country facing increasing food security issues. Although the country has shown remarkable growth in agricultural production over the past 30 years, it has not yet achieved self-sufficiency in food production and is a net importer of rice (occasionally) and of maize and wheat (frequently). “The dietary intake of both children and adults is severely deficient in key vitamins and minerals.

Community-Based Fisheries Management in Haor Basin Contributing to Poverty Eradication in Bangladesh

Sunamganj, a district in north-eastern Bangladesh, is characterized by beels, permanent water bodies that are located in the low-lying floodplains of the Haor Basin. To alleviate the poverty of 90,000 fisher people living around these rich ecosystems, the Sunamganj Community-Based Resources Management Project (SCBRMP) has a fisheries component that is helping them to gain better access to the beels and also improve their beel resource development and management skills.
 

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