Linking agroecosystems producing farmed seafood with food security and health status to better address the nutritional challenges in Bangladesh

Baukje de Roos (Corresponding Author), Nanna Roos, Abdullah-Al Mamun, Tahmeed Ahmed, Alan Arthur Sneddon, Francis Murray, Eleanor Grieve, David C Little

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Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production sectors in many low and medium income countries (LMIC) with aquatic eco-zones. Yet its specific impact on nutrition and livelihood in local communities, where commercial and/or export-orientated aquaculture activities are developed, is largely unknown. The agro-ecological dynamic in a coastal-estuarine zone, where the aquatic environment ranges from fully saline to freshwater, is complex, with seasonal and annual fluctuations in freshwater supply creating a variable salinity gradient which impacts on aquatic food production, and on food production more generally. The local communities living in these dynamic aquatic eco-zones are vulnerable to poverty, poor diet and health, whilst these ecosystems produce highly valuable and nutritious aquatic foods. Policies addressing the specific challenges of risk management of these communities is limited by the sectoral separation of aquatic food production – the fisheries and aquaculture sector, the broader food sector - and public health institutions. This review provides an overview of our current understanding of connections between aquaculture agro-ecosystems, local and national fish production, fish consumption patterns and nutrition and health outcomes. It also provides an argument for the integration of these factors to improve aquaculture value chains to better address the nutritional challenges in Bangladesh.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Health Nutrition
Early online date5 Sep 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Sep 2019

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Seafood
Aquaculture
Bangladesh
Food Supply
Health Status
Food
Fresh Water
Ecosystem
Fishes
Fast Foods
Fisheries
Salinity
Health
Risk Management
Poverty
Public Health
Diet

Keywords

  • agrosystems
  • Aquaculture
  • Food security
  • nutritional status
  • Bangladesh
  • LMIC
  • Low-income and food-deficit countries
  • Agrosystems
  • Nutritional status

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Linking agroecosystems producing farmed seafood with food security and health status to better address the nutritional challenges in Bangladesh. / de Roos, Baukje (Corresponding Author); Roos, Nanna; Mamun, Abdullah-Al; Ahmed, Tahmeed; Sneddon, Alan Arthur; Murray, Francis; Grieve, Eleanor; Little, David C.

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