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  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020

 

Ghana / SSF Guidelines

Rich Rewards of Doing it Right

The implementation of the SSF Guidelines should be based on human-rights principles and standards, factoring in local conditions


This article is by Peter Linford Adjei (pieroquz@gmail.com) of Technical Services for Community Development (TESCOD), Accra, Ghana, and Member, ICSF


In June 2014, the 31st session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). The SSF Guidelines are rooted in decades of pioneering work in small-scale fisheries by intrepid human-rights campaigners such as John Kurien and Chandrika Sharma, among other advocates.

The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) has spearheaded campaigns since 2014 that show how the SSF Guidelines provide an unprecedented framework for addressing the needs of small-scale fishers through the human-rights-based approach. The initial phase of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in Ghana was thus not unique to the country but part of ICSF’s broader global campaign in 2018-2019 in Brazil, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar,...

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