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Science Forum Day 4 - Ben Belton - Bangladesh aquaculture review

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  • 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.
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    • 1. Bangladesh Aquaculture Review: Key findings
      Ben Belton
      Bangladesh Office
    • 2. IFAD Review - selected findings
      • PRODUCTION
      Rise of commercial pellet-fed aquaculture
      • CONSUMPTION
      Shifting rural and urban fish consumption patterns
    • 3. PRODUCTION
    • 4. Rapidly increasing production
      • 20% of rural households have a small homestead pond (>4 million ponds, average size 0.06ha)
      • 5. Total pond area at least 400,000ha
      (25% more than officially reported)
      • Production from freshwater fish culture ≈1,400,000t
      (28% more than officially reported)
    • 6.
      • Fish and shrimp feed production estimated at 600,000t in 2008 (worth more than US$200 million)
      • 7. At least 280,000t of fish/year produced using commercially manufactured feeds
      (mainly pangasius and tilapia)
    • 8. CONSUMPTION
    • 9. Fish by far the most frequently consumed animal source food
      Frequency of consumption of food of animal origin (number of days in a 2 week period)2005 HIES data
    • 10. An average consumer in the poorest quartile eats 57% less fish than a consumer in the richest quartile
      Daily per capita consumption of fish (g) by location and income quartile
      2005 HIES data
    • 11. An average consumer in the poorest quartile spends 65% less on fish than a consumer in the richest quartile
      Monthly per capita expenditure (Tk.) of fish by location and income quartile
      2005 HIES data
    • 12. Per capita fish consumption increasing significantly, but gap between rural and urban consumers widening
      Changes in fish consumption, 2000-2005 (HIES data)
    • 13. Consumption patterns are changing
      Consumption of cultured fish by Dhaka consumers
      November 2010 survey data (n=150)
    • 14. Conclusions
      • Production massively underreported and poorly understood
      • 15. Aquaculture sector developing very rapidly in response to urban demand
      • 16. Fish consumption volumes and preferences are changing, particularly in urban areas
      • 17. Price and income elasticity means increasing demand for larger quantities of more diversified products
    • THANK YOU!

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