Feed the Future Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity

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.

Calls and opportunities

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Reviews of co-management and information and communications technology used in support of small-scale fisheries in Asia

The dual-objective project, funded and conducted in collaboration with FAO, first focuses on reviewing current approaches and outcomes that have been facilitated through co-management governance strategies in Asia. Substantial investments have been made in co-management of small-scale fisheries (SSFs), and in the first activity we will review co-management in the region using peer reviewed and grey literature. The project’s major activity is to examine how co-management has been undertaken and what has been achieved in particular cases (we will apply a case study approach) in a way that can strengthen future investments in co-management. Secondly, this project responds to a request from the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission asking for information to support decision-making and strategic planning in the use, development and governance of information communication technologies (ICTs) in SSFs in the region. We will make a preliminary assessment of the ways ICTs have been used, including outcomes and potential unintended consequences. Then through events, we will facilitate sharing of experiences with ICTs for SSFs in the region and beyond. These two reviews will produce valuable information products to fisheries decision-makers working in Asia.

Promoting multi-stakeholder contributions to international cooperation on sustainable solutions for aquaculture development in South-East Asia

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of seafood products, mainly from Asia. The growth of aquaculture in Asia has been remarkable, but it also raises environmental concerns and poses serious challenges in terms of sustainability, social equity and suitable technologies. To establish sustainable aquaculture practices that improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental impact, the project will establish standards for aquaculture site planning, animal health, food product safety and farm governance. A key aim is to launch a multi-stakeholder platform—the European-Asian Technology and Innovation Platform—to foster international cooperation on sustainable aquaculture between Europe and South-East Asia.

Conserving hilsa and building livelihoods in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, many poor fishers struggle to cope during the government-imposed hilsa fishing ban. Boosting the resilience of the communities whose livelihoods depend on hilsa (also known as ilish), the national fish of Bangladesh, is therefore the goal of the USAID-funded Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH Bangladesh) project. Since 2014, the project has established 280 hilsa conservation groups in 81 villages, and is training women in new livelihood activities such as vegetable gardening.

CSISA-BD – Changing aquaculture in Bangladesh

From 2010 to 2015, the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) worked in six hubs in Bangladesh to fight food security by improving agricultural and aquaculture productivity and promoting technology innovation. This outcome video highlights the project’s successes, including higher aquaculture yields, improved farmer access to better quality seed, and greater household consumption of fish and vegetables.


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