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. The project also focuses on food safety, animal health, and environmental and social issues associated with shrimp and prawn production.
For one Bangladeshi woman, a new set of skills designed to enhance and complement traditional fish farming has helped lift a family out of poverty.
Lalita Bala is learning music from a professional singer; a long-held desire that not too long ago seemed like an impossible dream. The daughter of a poor farmer, Lalita was married when she was 15. Now 25 years old, she is the mother of a five-year-old child and a successful shrimp farmer.
Moshni is typical of many small villages in the vast coastal delta region of Bangladesh, where the population depends largely on agriculture and aquaculture for food, nutrition and income.
The people of this coastal region, and the aquatic agricultural systems their livelihoods depend on, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These include increased frequency of flooding due to sea-level rise, elevated salinity in agricultural areas, greater monsoon precipitation, and increased vulnerability to cyclone and storm surges, drought.
December, 2011 - 7 years after the devastating tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the Indian ocean, and over 135,000 alone in Indonesia, comes a story of hope and resilience as two shrimp farmers from Banda Aceh share with us their success from shrimp aquaculture farming. This short video was produced for the Aquaculture Clinic 2011 held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and hosted by The WorldFish center and A-Spark Good Ventures.
In November 2007, Cyclone Sidr devastated southern Bangladesh, taking more than 3000 lives and causing USD$2 billion in damage. “Sidr took our crops, fishpond and house, leaving us hopeless,” recalls Gita Roy of Jhalakathi District, who was one of thousands to lose both her home and her source of food and income.
In response to the disaster WorldFish led a USAID-funded project to restore the productive capacity of 46,500 fish, prawn and shrimp-farming households, and capture lessons on how to make disaster-prone coastal communities more resilient.