Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2005) Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsibile Fisheries, 10)

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Abstract

The objectives of these Technical Guidelines are to provide a focus on small-scale fisheries and their current and potential role in contributing to poverty alleviation and food security by expanding on the guidance on small-scale fisheries offered by the Code. The Guidelines are complementary to existing Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries. Most small-scale fishers are in developing countries and many live in communities characterized by poverty and food insecurity. Small-scale fishing communities are faced with an array of serious problems, including overexploitation and depletion of resources, lack of alternative sources of employment, rapid population growth, migration of populations, displacement in coastal areas due to industrial development and tourism, pollution and environmental degradation and conflicts with large commercial fishing operations. However, small-scale fisheries are critical for food security and poverty alleviation in many countries. The first part of the Guidelines discusses the current contribution, role and importance of small-scale fisheries in poverty alleviation and food security. It examines the importance of small-scale fisheries for poverty alleviation at a national, local and household level. It also notes the nutritional qualities of fish and thus the particular role of fish in nutritional aspects of food security. The fact that about half of all fish caught for human consumption comes from small-scale fisheries underlines the importance of this subsector for the world fish supply. In many countries small-scale fisheries contribute to national food security both directly – where fish is a crucial part of the daily diet, and indirectly – by generating foreign exchange earnings that enable the purchase through trade of a range of food products. The second part of the Guidelines explores ways through which the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security could be enhanced. A vision for the future of small-scale fisheries is presented as a goal towards which the subsector should develop. Ensuring greater participation by small-scale fishers and their communities in the formulation of policies, the development of related legislation and regulations, and in management decision-making and implementation processes, is vital to the realization of this vision. The central role of effective fisheries management, the importance of considering cross sectoral uses of fisheries and related resources, the special role of women in fish marketing, processing and value addition, the significant scope for trade, the critical role that adequate financing may have in enabling transitions for effective fisheries management and the role of knowledge in making informed decisions are all discussed in these Guidelines. (PDF contains 97 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Increasing the contribution of small-scale fisheries to poverty alleviation and food security
Corporate Creator/Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Series Name: FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsibile Fisheries
Number: 10
Date: 2005
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Place of Publication: Rome
Uncontrolled Keywords: food security, small-scale fisheries, poverty alleviation
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 2872
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 13:18
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:16
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2872

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