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The impacts of aquaculture development on food security: lessons from Bangladesh

e-Jahan, Khondker Murshed, Ahmed, Mahfuzuddin, Belton, Ben
Aquaculture research 2010 v.41 no.4 pp. 481-495
animal proteins, aquaculture, development projects, diet, employment, environmental degradation, fish, fish production, food security, income, issues and policy, overfishing, people, population growth, Bangladesh
Fish contribute a significant amount of animal protein to the diets of people in Bangladesh, about 63% of which comes from aquatic animals. In Bangladesh, fish is mainly derived from two sources: capture and culture. Aquaculture has shown tremendous growth in the last two decades, exhibiting by about 10% average annual growth in production. Capture fisheries, although still the major source of supply of fish, have become static or are in decline due to over-fishing and environmental degradation, and it is now believed that aquaculture has the greatest potential to meet the growing demand for fish from the increasing population. At present, aquaculture production accounts for about one-third of the total fish production in Bangladesh. This paper examines the impact of an aquaculture development project in Bangladesh on food security, with particular emphasis on the poor. The analysis shows a positive impact of aquaculture development on employment, income and consumption. A number of implications for policy in areas that might strengthen these outcomes are discussed and recommendations are presented.