Bangladesh aquaculture value chain analysis

Freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium) in Bangaldesh. Source: ILRI https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/14156057093

A new CGIAR report, “Bangladesh small and medium-scale aquaculture value chain development: Past trends, current status and likely future directions”  by Niaz Ahmed Apu reviews a wealth of recent information and and also endeavours to do justice to available knowledge on the contributions and opportunities for women in the value chains.

Gendered knowledge is still badly hampered by lack of sex-disaggregated national statistics and lack of these data from many projects and activities. However, the report does track down numerous insights into where women work in aquaculture fish value chains, and how the burgeoning production of low-priced but nutritious fish from aquaculture has benefited many Bangladeshis. For example, many women working in the garment factories have limited time to do housework and cooking and they appreciate pangasius (catfish) and tilapia because they are affordable and easy to process.

Women’s and men’s roles in fish and shrimp farming, culture-based fisheries, fish processing (local market and factory based) and marketing are described, along with a general overview of the developments in this dynamic sector.

Read the news summary and download the report here.

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