Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity is a five-year (2018–2023), USD 24.5 million investment by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This is under the United States Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, and has the goal of achieving inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market systems approach in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence (ZOI) and Resilience Focus Area (RFA).
The Activity builds on the achievements of the six-year Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project, which ended in 2017, but applies a market systems, rather than a direct delivery, approach. This means stimulating co-investment by the private sector and organizations to achieve the objectives with a focus on sustainability from the start.
Goal and objectives
The goal of the Activity is to achieve inclusive aquaculture sector growth through a market systems approach. Specific objectives are:
- increased productivity of aquaculture systems
- strengthened aquaculture market systems, with special attention paid to expanding opportunities for women and youth
- increased awareness and adoption of nutrition-related behavior, specifically focusing on women and youth.
- improved access to better quality aquaculture inputs, services and/or market channels for 400,000 men, women and youth in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA
- 30 percent expansion of investment in aquaculture production and market related to inputs and services in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA by the private sector
- 30 percent increase in productivity from ponds and ghers in the Feed the Future ZOI and the RFA
- 20 percent increase in the number of households adopting improved nutritional practices.