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. The USAID-funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project aims to improve household income and nutrition and create employment opportunities through investments in aquaculture, including fish production. The AIN project focuses on 20 districts in the Barisal, Khulna and Dhaka divisions of Bangladesh, some of the poorest and most disaster prone areas in the country. The AIN project focuses on increasing aquaculture productivity through the development and dissemination of improved fish and shrimp seed, improved household and commercial aquaculture, and policy reform and institutional capacity building.
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