Upgrading pangas and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh

Start date: 28 February, 2015 End date: 28 February, 2020 Project type: Research collaboration projects in Danida priority countries (Window 1) Project code: 14-06KU Countries: Bangladesh Thematic areas: Agricultural production, Economic development and value chains, Lead institution: Bangladesh Agricultural University, Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Department of Aquacultural Finance, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Department of Aquaculture, Eurofish Denmark, Denmark, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Dept. of Economics and Sociology, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Faculty of Fisheries, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), National Institute of Aquatic Resources, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Dept. of Food Science Quality and Technology, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Science, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Faculty of Science, Department of Plant and Environmental Science, University of Göttingen, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Germany, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Department of Environmental and Business Economics, Project website: go to website Total grant: 9,999,648 DKK Contact person: Max Nielsen


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.


Extra midterm report 2018:


The project has created multi-faceted knowledge of water quality, best farm management practice and value chain functioning in many dimensions, revealed by the different ref articles. More knowledge is to come.


1. Data/samples collected/analyzed.
2. Capacity building revealed by six PhDs, close senior/WP leader collaboration, shared arrangements for partners/other staff.
3. 8 articles published in int refereed journals, 1 forthcoming, 1 resubm, 8 subm, 15 in progress, more planned. 3 published in national journals.


1. 5 students enrolled in PhD double degrees, 1 in single degree. All have extension.
2. Start Conference held in Dhaka 28/5-2/6 2015, including a stakeholder meeting.
3. The Mid-term stakeholder meeting held at Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh, Bangladesh 12/11 2018.
4. 5 PhD courses/workshops held in 2016-17. At 23 October 2018 the workshop “Sustainable Fish Health Control” were held at University of Copenhagen.
5. Not relevant.
6. Two policy briefs have been published.