Integrated management of coastal zone for food security

Research Grant Reports
Final Report CF # 5/07

This study presents the present status of food security and ecological footprint and a computer model to simulate integrated coastal zone management systems. Food security is estimated based on a quantitative method and ecological footprint is computed based on a method developed by Wackernagel, and Rees and Chambers. The overall status of food security at upazila levels is good, but it is poor at household levels. The environmental status in the coastal zones is poor at upazilas levels mainly due to shrimp culture. The model  predicts that if shrimp aquaculture industry continues to boom from the present status to super intensive shrimp aquaculture, a collapse of the shrimp aquaculture industry will ultimately occur turning shrimp aquaculture land neither suitable for shrimp culture nor crop production. The sustainable development of the coastal zone of Bangladesh in the long run without control of both the growth of shrimp production intensity and population will remain mere dream. The boost up of coastal agriculture and restriction on rapid growth of shrimp culture and its intensity are two pathways for sustainable development of food security in the coastal zones of Bangladesh. This study examines the short term and long term policy options for sustainable development.

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Mar 2009
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Food distribution
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Agricultural economics and policies
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Food Security
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