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The 'quiet revolution' in the aquaculture value chain in Bangladesh

In: Securing food for all in Bangladesh


  • Hernandez, Ricardo
  • Belton, Ben
  • Reardon, Thomas
  • Hu, Chaoran
  • Zhang, Xiaobo
  • Ahmed, Akhter


There are two strands in the socioeconomic literature on aquaculture. The first, which we call “micro socioeconomics,†is work centered on the role of farm households as fish producers, and the impacts of aquaculture on rural communities where aquaculture takes place. This strand can be divided into three themes: (i) farm technology diffusion and efficiency (e.g., Dey et al. 2005; Rauniyar 1998); (ii) farm interactions with the environment (e.g., Islam 2014; Primavera 2006); (iii) livelihoods. The latter can be divided further into studies linking aquaculture to poverty reduction and studies of impacts of aquaculture on communities. The “poverty†literature has focused on the role of small-scale and subsistence forms of aquaculture for household food security and incomes (e.g., Bondad-Reantaso and Subasinghe 2013). The “community†literature adopts a more critical approach to the distribution of benefits and losses from aquaculture among farm and non-farm households (e.g., Paprocki and Cons 2014; Toufique and Gregory 2008).

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  • Hernandez, Ricardo & Belton, Ben & Reardon, Thomas & Hu, Chaoran & Zhang, Xiaobo & Ahmed, Akhter, 2021. "The 'quiet revolution' in the aquaculture value chain in Bangladesh," IFPRI book chapters, in: Securing food for all in Bangladesh, chapter 12, pages 412-452, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifpric:9789845063715_12

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