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New publications from ICSF on small-scale fisheries November 01,2013   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has released two publications on small-scale fisheries and their contribution to food security, poverty alleviation and sustainability.

One is a brochure that addresses the importance of small-scale fishers and fishworkers, including women who comprise up to 90 per cent of the workforce in upstream secondary activities. It also explains the diversity and common characteristics that exist in the sector which help, secure sustainability.

For millions of people around the world, small-scale fisheries is a socially and culturally fulfilling way of life, and contributes to local economic develpment, food security, foreign exchange earnings and sustainable, environment-friendly development.

The brochure also addresses the challenges facing small-scale fisheries. These include precarious and exploitative working conditions, insecure tenure rights, poor access to basic services, weak organization, top-down conservation initiatives, and pollution and degradation of natural habitats.

The second publication is a leaflet on the Draft Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF) in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Alleviation, initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of


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