Small-scale and commercial aquaculture is growing in Bangladesh and has tremendous potential to increase both food security and incomes. This project focuses on implementing market development interventions for the farmed fish sector in Bangladesh by targeting improvements in fish feed production. The project aims to build capacity in commercial feed companies, focusing on product quality, formulation and improvements to process management as well as machine operation, alternative energy sources, alternative raw materials, software operation, and improvements in the supply chain.

In Bangladesh, pressures from population growth, acute food shortages and poverty mean that around 60% of the population suffers from undernutrition. The Expansion of Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)  project brings together local partners, the International Rice Research Institute, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and WorldFish to fight food insecurity through the creation of six regional hubs that promote technology innovation and improve agricultural and aquaculture productivity.

WorldFish has partnered with the Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (HILIP), an integrated rural development project funded by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Netherlands Government. The project aims to help the poor to adapt to climate change, with a focus on improved and sustainable productivity in fisheries. Its biggest component is community-based fisheries management of open water bodies within the Haor Basin in Bangladesh.

WorldFish, USAID and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) have come together to support the country’s coastal fishing communities and improve food security through research-led fisheries management initiatives. The project seeks to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments using sustainable best practices and to mitigate the adverse affects of climate change. It will work closely with small-scale artisanal catch fisheries that target hilsa shad, the national fish of Bangladesh.

CREL aims to protect key ecosystems, wetlands and ecological critical areas in Bangladesh while improving their ability to withstand climate change shocks. The project is focused on improved management of natural resources and livelihoods diversification. In partnership with key government stakeholders, the project is finding solutions to environmental, socioeconomic, legal and policy issues that hamper the creation of a workable climate change mitigation strategy.

Focusing on Bangladesh and Zambia but with a global scope, this project aims to find ways to meet the food and nutrition needs of the poor, particularly women and children, by gaining valuable insights into fish consumption patterns. It seeks to quantify the contribution of fish and fish products to the diets of poor men, women and children and examines existing aquaculture systems and value chains with respect to the food and nutritional requirements of poor consumers.

WorldFish and the Government of Bangladesh have come together to develop effective ‘bottom of the pyramid’ solutions for small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers to comply with the World Trade Organization’s agreement on the application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures (WTO/SPS) and related Codex Alimentarius Commission and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The project aims to help small-scale shrimp and prawn farmers work collaboratively and scale up their collective participation in export market value chains.

Bangladesh has chronic levels of undernutrition which most dramatically effect pregnant women and children. The project, “Fish consumption in the first 1,000 days for increased protein intake and improved nutrition,” aims to improve the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women and infants 6-23 months of age in Bangladesh through the provision of nutritious foods products made from common, locally available ingredients.

Malnutrition levels in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. Dietary intake of both adults and children are severely deficient in key micronutrients. This project 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. The project promotes innovative new technologies designed to increase the production of small nutrient-rich fish species in two separate and environmentally distinct agricultural areas.

Fish is the most important animal-source food in Bangladesh. Approximately 60 percent of the population eats fish at least every other day, with per capita daily consumption at 44 grams for the poorest households.  Fish is rich in micronutrients like vitamin A, iron, and zinc. Vitamin A is essential for childhood survival, zinc reduces stunting in children and iron is essential for brain development in children. Bangladesh has high incidence of micronutrient deficiency.