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Does Size Matter? Reassessing the Relationship between Aquaculture and Poverty in Bangladesh

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  • Ben Belton
  • Md. Mafujul Haque
  • David C. Little

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Aquaculture has long been promoted by development institutions in Bangladesh on the understanding that it can alleviate poverty. Most of this attention has focused on forms of the activity commonly referred to as ‘small-scale’. This article draws on concepts from the literature on agricultural growth and elaborates a typology of aquaculture based on relations of production which suggests that, in Bangladesh, quasi-capitalist forms of aquaculture may possess greater potential to reduce poverty and enhance food security than the quasi-peasant modes of production generally assumed to do so. The implications of this conclusion are explored.

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  • Ben Belton & Md. Mafujul Haque & David C. Little, 2011. "Does Size Matter? Reassessing the Relationship between Aquaculture and Poverty in Bangladesh," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(7), pages 904-922, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:7:p:904-922
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.638049
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    1. Haggblade, Steven & Hazell, Peter B. R. & Reardon, Thomas Anthony (ed.), 2007. "Transforming the rural nonfarm economy: Opportunities and threats in the developing world," IFPRI books, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), number 978-0-8018-8664-5.
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