Shrimp Farming and Industry Sustainability, Trade and Livelihoods editors: A Atiq Rahman, AHG Quddus, Bob Pokrant and Md. Liaquat Ali ISBN 984 05 1775 9 2006 588pp 245x175mm HB Tk.2000.00 US$60.00
Shrimp farming has been one of the most important economic activities in many of the tropical countries of Asia and Latin America during the last three decades due to high demand mainly in USA, Europe and Japan. Shrimp export contributes significantly to the national economy, employment generation and livelihoods and has become an important consumable commodity accounting significantly to global trade in the recent years. Shrimp farming has been associated with a number of social and environmental issues and thus the industry has a conflicting trade off between the economic gain and the negative social and environmental consequences.
This book focuses on the production, trading, livelihoods and sustainability of the sector including environmental and social issues of shrimp farming and industry from global, regional and Bangladesh perspectives.
Opening with an overview chapter, the book contains eight chapters on global issues which cover global market for shrimp, trade, debate on shrimp farming development, economic consideration of shrimp farming, quality management practices for safe and dependable aqua-food, shrimp diseases and sustainability of shrimp farming and industry.
The section on regional issues comprises of five papers on country profile of shrimp industry of India, Thailand, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Sri Lanka and one paper on risk management analysis of export oriented shrimp farming and industry in South Asia.
The section on national issues of Bangladesh comprises of twelve papers which focus on the growth of shrimp farming and industry in Bangladesh, its social and economic impacts, political economy and cost benefits of shrimp farming, legal and institutional issues, sustainability, opportunity and challenges including suggestions. The book should be of interest to all stakeholders in shrimp farming and industry.
Dr. A. Atiq Rahman is Executive Director of Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). Presently he is engaged in global-local linkages and mega-processes such as global equity and poverty issue, climate change, bio-diversity, institutions and capacity building. He is the Team Leader of National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) Synthesis, Government of Bangladesh. He is the Chairman of Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA). He is a lead author of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Dr. Abul Hasnat Golam Quddus is Professor of Sociology at University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He also taught at North American universities. Before joining the teaching profession he served in the population control program of Bangladesh. He has numerous publications in professional journals and several articles in edited books at home and abroad.
Dr. Bob Pokrant is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. He is currently Deputy Director of the South Asia Research Unit at Curtin University where he is engaged in research on the Bangladesh shrimp sector within the global food system. Over the past 30 years he has taught both undergraduates and graduates in the UK, USA, Canada, Nigeria, Sweden, Bangladesh and Australia and has carried out research in Nigeria, India, Bangladesh and Europe.
Md. Liaquat Ali is Senior Fellow of BCAS and heads the Fisheries Division. Prior to joining BCAS, he served in the Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh and retired in 1998 as Director General of the Department of Fisheries. His speciality is the fisheries resources development and management.