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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Turkey / COVID-19

Be Resilient, Not Vulnerable

The effects of the COVID-19 epidemic on small-scale fisheries in Istanbul, Turkey, bring out the need to address the structural inequalities and power asymmetries that bind the sector


This article is by Irmak Ertör (irmakertor@gmail.com), The Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University, Turkey and Pinar Ertör-Akyazi (pinar.ertor@boun.edu.tr), Institute of Environmental Sciences, Bogazici University, Turkey


There have been wide-ranging discussions on the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for food production and access to food among small-scale fishing communities in Istanbul, Turkey. An unavoidable result of the pandemic was the temporary collapse of global agro-businesses dominated by long-distance trade. On the contrary, small-scale producers, including those in small-scale fisheries (SSF), have been more resilient with their local production, distribution and consumption chains, as well as their solidarity networks, even though they also suffered a lot from the pandemic.

Immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic, government support policies tended to often target big agro-businesses first, rather than respond to the diverse needs of small-scale producers who suffered as their...

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