In Bangladesh, average fish consumption is 11.9 kg/person/year. Fish is an important diet staple, accounting for 56.2% of households’ animal protein intake and 11% of total protein consumed.

More than half the country’s fish production is from aquaculture, nearly 2 million metric tons, compared with small-scale fisheries production that stands at around 1.6 million metric tons.

In 2012-13, 923,000 metric tons were exported, mostly shrimp. Around 14.5 million people are employed in fisheries and aquaculture.

WorldFish in Bangladesh

WorldFish works with the Bangladesh Government and development partners to create a more productive fisheries and aquaculture sector in Bangladesh that contributes to diversified and resilient rural livelihoods and promotes food and nutrition security. WorldFish works primarily in the southern polder zone of Bangladesh, which is prone to extreme storms, tidal surges and acute freshwater shortages.

Current Priorities / Initiatives

  • Rice field fisheries
  • Genetic improvement program: Rohu carp, catla, silver carp, mola
  • Disease diagnostic and control measures: Tilapia and shrimp
  • Enhanced community-based fishery management
  • Deliver high impact, transformative and equitable fisheries and aquaculture solutions

Anticipated Impacts (by 2022)

  • 1.80M producer households adopt improved breeds, aquafeeds, fish health and aquaculture and fisheries management practices
  • 1.17M people, of which at least 50% are women, are assisted to exit poverty through livelihood improvements related to fisheries and aquaculture value chains
  • 0.90M people, of which 50% are women, are without deficiencies of one or more of the following essential micronutrients: iron, zinc, iodine, vitamin A, folate and B12
  • 1.96M more women of reproductive age are consuming an adequate number of food groups
  • 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 10% increase in water and nutrient use efficiency in 1.65M tonnes of fish per annum
  • 1.07M hectares of ecosystems restored through more productive and equitable management of SSF resources and restoration of degraded aquaculture ponds
  • WorldFish will help improve the lives of more than 3 million Bangladeshis through increased production, improved incomes and better nutrition.

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