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Issue No:78
  • :January
  • :2018

Samudra Report No.78, January 2018

Review / BOOK

Women Rising

A critical look at Towards Gender-equitable Small-scale fisheries Governance and Development: A Handbook by Nilanjana Biswas, published by the FAO, in 2017

This article is by Barbara Neis (, University Research Professor, Department of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

It was a pleasure to read through Nilanjana Biswas’ Towards Gender-equitable Small-scale Fisheries Governance and Development: A Handbook, part of a larger series of initiatives designed to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). The SSF Guidelines were several years in the making and involved extensive consultations with diverse groups from more than 120 countries. They were endorsed by the Thirty-first Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) in 2014.

TAs indicated in the Foreword, they are “the first internationally agreed instrument dedicated entirely to the immensely important—but until now, often neglected—small-scale fisheries sector.” They are global in scope but there is a specific...

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