Upgrading pangus and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh shortly named as Bangfish is a 5-year duration Prof. Maxmultidisciplinary DANIDA funded research project that started in March 2015 and ended in February 2020, collaborated among PSTU, BAU, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, University of Southern Denmark, Technical University of Denmark, Eurofish, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and University of Göttingen, Germany. The project funds six PhD students.

The research activity is broken down into three work packages, each with two PhD students cooperating with their supervisors and researchers in Bangladesh and Denmark. Work package 1 deals with water quality, work package 2 deals with value chain functioning and export potentials and work package 3deals with farm management practices and economics.

The project started with an inception meeting and stakeholder’s conference at hotel Swiss Garden in Dhaka on 1 June 2015 where all domestic and foreign partners were present and shared their knowledge on aquaculture industries of Bangladesh. Following the conference, the overall strategic plan was developed and PhD students employed for admission under the double degree program at both PSTU or BAU and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The second and third annual meeting were held at the University of Copenhagen in June 2016 and September 2017 respectively, where all Bangladeshi partners were present. The major activity of these sessions were to assign the roles and responsibilities of the PhD students and the researchers to publish scientific paper in international peer-refereed journals.

The Mid-term Stakeholder Conference was arranged at BAU on 12 November 2018. The purposes were partly to share the information obtained through surveys, data/samples, publication of articles and communication with different stakeholders, and partly to have input from stakeholders on the progress in the project. All the PhD students and researchers presented one of their articles either published or in progress. This Conference guided us in identifying important remaining issues to examine in the last period of the project. The Final Stakeholders Conference was held on 18 January 2020 at Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, and all the European and Bangladeshi research partners attended the program. I was very happy to see that a Conference booklet containing the published, completed and planned articles along with some other information appeared there in printed form. All these documents are uploaded properly in our BangFish webpage.

I would like to convey my thanks to all the partners from Europe and Bangladesh for making this project a successful event. My special thanks goes to Professor Badiuzzaman, PSTU, for taking the lead of this project. I would like to convey my thanks to the honourable Vice-Chancellors of PSTU and BAU for providing necessary support and other logistics towards the admission of our PhD students and conducting the required courses, research work, training, workshops and different seminars  in the campus. I like to express my heartfelt thanks to the honourable State Minister, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Government of the people’s Republic of Bangladesh for his presence in the Final Stakeholder’ Conference at BAU and also to the honourable Ambassador, Danish Embassy of Bangladesh for arranging meeting with us at her office.

I wish the BangFish project a grand success

Prof. Max Sign

Professor  Dr. Max  Nielsen
Department of Food and Resource Economics
Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark