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Vulnerability in African small‐scale fishing communities

David Mills, Christophe Béné, Solomon Ovie, Ahmadu Tafida, Famory Sinaba, Amaga Kodio, Aaron Russell, Neil Andrew, Pierre Morand and Jacques Lemoalle

Journal of International Development, 2011, vol. 23, issue 2, 308-313

Abstract: Fishing communities are often recognised as being amongst the poorest in developing countries, and interventions targeted at improving resource status seen as central in the fight against poverty. A series of field assessments focusing on vulnerability conducted in two communities in Mali and Nigeria revealed some counterintuitive results. Despite fishing being the primary livelihood, vulnerabilities relating directly to the state of the resource were ranked lower than those relating to basic human needs. Those results challenge the conventional view and suggest that non-sectoral interventions can have more effective impacts on the livelihood of those communities than interventions targeting the resources. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords: vulnerability analysis; fishing communities; chronic poverty Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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