Upgrading pangas and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh
Growth in aquaculture is important because it can help alleviate poverty by providing food and creating jobs in Bangladesh. The purpose is to promote green growth in freshwater pangas/tilapia aquaculture by providing knowledge on how to improve water quality and farm management and exploit the market potential for farmed fish through value chains functioning. Focus is on water quality since pangas/tilapia might include contaminants, offflavors and be a bit yellow, not white, as preferred by the consumers at export markets.
Farm management, governance of value chains, knowledge on domestic/ international markets and on fish quality can improve the basis for sustainable growth, increase value added and prepare the sector for export, thereby providing livelihood for locals and foreign exchange. Knowledge is increased through senior research cooperation and by educating PhDs. Research questions are: To what extent are fish-depleting microorganisms, arsenic, lead and pesticides of economic importance? Can they be reduced? Do water quality initiatives pay? Who are the main actors in the value chain? What are the major bottlenecks? How are prices formed? How much are consumers willing to pay for improved quality of fish? Can chains be upgraded through governance, water and fish quality and export focus? The foundation is value chain analysis, economic optimization, applied economics and environmental science. The knowledge provided forms basis for assessing governance and firm management. It will be disseminated to actors in the chains.
First-year report 2015:
The project is in an early state where experiments/data collection and analyses have not yet been undertaken. Hence, knowledge is about to be provided but not yet ready.
Outputs (see numbers above):
1. Data must be collected and analyzed before effects can be achieved.
2. Capacity building has been started in the project. Six PhDs are working and close
collaboration between seniors and among WP leaders appears.
3. Two articles are accepted for publication in international refereed journals, more are to
1. Five have been enrolled as double degree PhD students , one is expected enrolled in short
2. First annual Bangfish meeting held in Dhaka 28.05-02.06.2015. That included a
stakeholder meeting. The second annual meeting takes place in Copenhagen 23-28 June 2016.
3. Not relevant.
4. One PhD course in applied econometrics has been held and one in aquaculture economics is being held.
5. Not relevant.
6. The first policy brief is planned on water quality in the fall 2016.