Annual Report 2019

The 2019 Annual Report outlines the CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems (FISH) achievements in delivering evidence-based solutions that address the complex challenges and opportunities in fish agri-food systems in the developing world. Three years into the Program, FISH research is having a positive impact on the lives of people who depend on fisheries and aquaculture in global food systems.

WorldFish in Bangladesh

Since 1989, WorldFish has been working with the Bangladesh Government and development partners to create a more productive fisheries and aquaculture sector that contributes to diversified and resilient rural livelihoods and promotes food and nutrition security.

Women’s empowerment in aquaculture: Two case studies from Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a global leader in inland fish production and has been ranked as the fifth largest producer of aquaculture food fish in the world. The fisheries sector, including aquaculture, provides employment to 17.8 million people, out of which women constitute 1.4 million. The shrimp industry alone employs over one million people in its processing factories, out of which 88.64 percent are women. While women play a significant role in aquaculture production in Bangladesh, their contributions remain under-reported.

Women's empowerment in aquaculture in Bangladesh and Indonesia: Insights from four case studies

This factsheet contributes to FAO Organizational Strategic Objective 1 "Eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition", Strategic Objective 2 "Increase and improve provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner", and Strategic Objective 3 "Reduce rural poverty".

Who says women can’t fish? Stories of successful women farmers in Bangladesh and Nepal

This booklet present several stories of women in rural Bangladesh and Nepal who are making positive changes in their communities. The stories have been collected from a variety of projects WorldFish has been implementing over the past nine years with support from partners and donors. These inspirational women have undertaken new agriculture-aquaculture livelihood opportunities to better their lives and those of their family members. To get where they are now, these women have had to overcome many challenges.

Utility of river training structures and present status in Patuakhali District Bangladesh

The focus of this study was to know usefulness of river training structures, controlling hydro-morphological characteristics, socio-economic benefits of inhabitants and current situation of these structures in Patuakhali District. Evaluations were measured on hydro-morphological features of rivers, protection safety based on utility of structures, environmental and social benefits by spot visit, face to face interview and focus group discussion methods. Ten different river side location of Patuakhali District during July-Sep in 2015.

Status of Fish Aggregating Device fishery in the River Titas of Bangladesh

This paper aims to examine the status of Fish Aggregating Device (Katha) fishery in the river Titas in Bangladesh and development of an alternative Katha fishery management strategy. All Fish Aggregating Devices (Kathas) were recorded through a census survey. Fish catch monitoring facilitated through a regular catch survey of Katha/gear/team in operation. The study employed data collected from the river Titas in Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh from 1997 to 2002.

The socioeconomics of fish consumption and child health in Bangladesh

Child malnutrition in Bangladesh exceeds WHO's threshold for public health emergencies. Using more than 36,000 records from several waves of the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, the research focuses on the socioeconomic determinants of household consumption of all animal-source foods; the socioeconomic determinants of fish consumption, given its importance in the Bangladeshi diet; and the impact of observed consumption patterns on mortality and resistance to infectious diseases for children in their first years of life.

Social considerations of large river sanctuaries: A case study from the hilsa shad fishery in Bangladesh

The establishment of a sanctuary is often suggested as an effective strategy for ecological restoration, though social aspects of such attempts are often overlooked. This study analyzed the socioeconomic status of 248 fishing households who are dependent on hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) sanctuaries in southern Bangladesh.

Seasonal variations of growth pattern and condition of Paradise threadfin Polynemus paradiseus (Polynemidae) from Tetulia River in Southern Bangladesh

The Paradise threadfin, Polynemus paradiseus is a marine fresh and brackish water fish species of the family Perciformes. This fish is found in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Pakistan and Cambodia. Only a few studies on P. paradiesus including biology, ecology and dynamics have been conducted. This study focus on the on the Length Frequency Distribution (LFD), length-weight relationships (LWR) and Length Length Relationships (LLRs) of P. paradiseus from the coastal Tetulia River, southern Bangladesh.

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