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Forschungsprojekte - Badrun Nessa Ahmed

Aquaculture and the poor: Improving fish production, consumption and nutrition linkages in Bangladesh

Food and nutrition security is a global development concern. Many people in low income countries continue to have inadequate diets in terms of chronic and seasonal energy deficiency, and hidden hunger of dietary micronutrient deficiencies affects more than two billion people, mostly women and children. Addressing micronutrient deficiencies has become a global priority, and consumption of animal source foods, including fish, has a key role to play in addressing this problem.

Fish is the most significant animal source food in the diet of over 1 billion people globally, especially for many of the poorest and most vulnerable (FAO 2004) in Asia and Africa, where large proportions of the population are poor and undernourished. The project goal is to secure supplies of, and access to, fish that meets the food and nutrition requirements of poor and vulnerable consumers, particularly women and children. Its purpose is to generate knowledge of gendered fish consumption patterns amongst poor consumers, and to identify and communicate to key stakeholders, technology, institutional and policy innovations that support sustainable development of fish value chains and meet the present and future requirements of poor and vulnerable consumers.

This project will address the economics of aquaculture production and consumption with an emphasis on the linkage between the consumption of fish by the poor, their nutritional outcomes and the requirements of aquaculture production to meet the demand of fish of the poor especially in Bangladesh.


  • Analyze the demand for fish for consumption in Bangladesh
  • Establish linkages between fish consumption and nutrition outcomes of poor consumers in Bangladesh
  • Assess the costs and benefits to adjust existing aquaculture production systems to increase supply of pro-poor fish products


  •  Household level data collection from the aquaculture producers to establish a panel data set
  • Secondary data from Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES), 2010 in Bangladesh
  • Secondary data from the survey of the Economics of the Homestead Pond Aquaculture System, 2011 in Bangladesh


  • Quantitative analysis using both cross section and panel data models