The economics of integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) in some selected areas of Bangladesh uri icon

abstract

  • The population of Bangladesh depends on fish for 70% of its total animal protein. Since the 1960s, however, a serious and growing deficiency in animal protein has occurred, as fish production has not kept pace with population growth. This paper presents an economic analysis of options for rural farmers in Bangladesh, in particular examining the potential of integrated agriculture-aquaculture (IAA) as a means to meet the country's long-term protein requirements. The authors conclude that labour-intensive IAA, if adopted on a large scale by many small farmers, could play a significant role in meeting the need for protein, while also maximizing the use of already existing but underutilized resources, and benefiting a large pool of unemployed workers

publication date

  • 2008