Conducted a review of the present status of aquaculture in Bangladesh for IFAD as a guide to development of their country strategy for future funding This produced a huge amount of information, but just going to focus on 3 areas here.
Science Forum Day 4 - Ben Belton - Bangladesh aquaculture review
Fish by far the most frequently consumed animal source food<br />Frequency of consumption of food of animal origin (number of days in a 2 week period)2005 HIES data<br />
An average consumer in the poorest quartile eats 57% less fish than a consumer in the richest quartile<br />Daily per capita consumption of fish (g) by location and income quartile<br />2005 HIES data<br />
An average consumer in the poorest quartile spends 65% less on fish than a consumer in the richest quartile<br />Monthly per capita expenditure (Tk.) of fish by location and income quartile<br />2005 HIES data<br />
Per capita fish consumption increasing significantly, but gap between rural and urban consumers widening<br />Changes in fish consumption, 2000-2005 (HIES data)<br />
Consumption patterns are changing<br />Consumption of cultured fish by Dhaka consumers <br />November 2010 survey data (n=150)<br />
Conclusions<br /><ul><li>Production massively underreported and poorly understood
Aquaculture sector developing very rapidly in response to urban demand
Fish consumption volumes and preferences are changing, particularly in urban areas
Price and income elasticity means increasing demand for larger quantities of more diversified products</li></li></ul><li>THANK YOU!<br />
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