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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 (, The Ataturk Institute for Modern Turkish History, Bogazici University, Turkey and Pinar Ertör-Akyazi (, 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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