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Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 on Aquatic Food System and Small-Scale Fisheries in Bangladesh

Version 1 : Received: 9 June 2020 / Approved: 12 June 2020 / Online: 12 June 2020 (08:25:09 CEST)

How to cite: Sunny, A.R.; Sazzad, S.A.; Datta, G.C.; Sarker, A.K.; Ashrafuzzaman, M.; Prodhan, S.H. Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 on Aquatic Food System and Small-Scale Fisheries in Bangladesh. Preprints 2020, 2020060143 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0143.v1). Sunny, A.R.; Sazzad, S.A.; Datta, G.C.; Sarker, A.K.; Ashrafuzzaman, M.; Prodhan, S.H. Assessing Impacts of COVID-19 on Aquatic Food System and Small-Scale Fisheries in Bangladesh. Preprints 2020, 2020060143 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202006.0143.v1).

Abstract

COVID-19 is now a major global health crisis, can lead to severe food crisis unless proper measures are not taken. Though a number of scientific studies have addressed the possible impacts of COVID-19 in Bangladesh on variety of issues, problems and food crises associated with aquatic resources and communities are missing. Therefore, this study aimed at bridging the gap in the existing situation and challenges of COVID-19 by linking its impact on aquatic food sector and small-scale fisheries with dependent population. The study was conducted based on secondary data analysis and primary fieldwork. Secondary data focused on COVID-19 overview and number of confirmed, recovered and death cases in Bangladesh; at the same time its connection with small-scale fisheries, aquatic food production, demand and supply was analyzed. Community perceptions were elicited to present how the changes felt and how they affected aquatic food system and small-scale fisheries and found devastating impact. Sudden illness, reduced income, complication to start production and input collection, labor crisis, transportation abstraction, complexity in food supply, weak value chain, low consumer demand, rising commodity prices, creditor’s pressure were identified as the primary affecting drivers. Dependent people felt the measures taken by the Government should be based on protecting the health and food security, although it could be detrimental to economic growth in the short term. The study provides insight into policies adopted by the policy makers to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on aquatic food sector and small-scale fisheries.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; Corona virus; Aquatic food system; Food security; Small-scale fisheries; Bangladesh

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