WorldFish scientists and partners have commenced a fish value chain assessment and social and gender analysis of some of Bangladesh’s most important farmed fish species for poor consumers and producers: tilapia, rohu carp, silver carp and mola.
The field assessment with smallholder fish farmers is being implemented in six communities across three districts in the southwest of Bangladesh, where aquaculture is a major source of livelihood, income, and food and nutrition security.
The project will use a new set of value chain assessment tools, which integrate in-depth gender and social analysis. This approach will enable the future design of potentially gender transformative “best-bet” interventions that enhance fish value chains and improve the participation of and benefits accruing to women.
During the first phase of the assessment, four-day focus group discussions will be held with separate groups of men and women fish producers. Later in the year other value chain actors, such as fish retailers, will be included in the assessment to gradually build a complete picture of the sector.
After the data collection stage, the focus group transcripts will be analyzed with the goal of identifying opportunities for improvement through gender integrated best-bet interventions in the tilapia, rohu, silver carp and mola value chains.
In addition a manual will be developed describing the tested tools as well as the process for data analysis and formulation of best-bets. The manual will be made publicly accessible as a tool for wider use outside the program.
The assessment is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish’s research for development interventions in Bangladesh to strengthen the aquaculture sector, increase incomes especially among poor value chain actors, and provide affordable, safe and nutritious fish for the country’s poor and vulnerable consumers.