To assess the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we conducted a multi-country survey of fish supply chain actors in Bangladesh, India (Andhra-Pradesh, Assam and Odisha), Myanmar, Nigeria, Egypt and Timor-Leste (TL), to evaluate the availability and price of aquatic foods and production inputs. The sample included hatcheries (n=78), feed mills (n=26), non-pelleted feed sellers (n=31), pelleted feed sellers (n=64), farmers (n=233) processors (n=39), traders (n=85), retailers (n=78) and fishers (n=131).
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted food systems globally, resulting in significant impacts on economic and food security. In Bangladesh, aquatic food value chains make up a large part of the country’s food system. WorldFish is conducting longitudinal phone surveys to analyze the impacts of COVID-19 on aquatic food value chains, but these do not capture nuanced details of the context in which observed trends are embedded. To this end, this qualitative study aims to explore in greater depth the pathways by which aquatic food supply chain actors in Bangladesh are affected by COVID-19.