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

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


SSF / Africa

Too Big to Ignore

Powerful messages emerged from the pilot event of the Regional Small-Scale Fisheries Governance Training Course for Africa

This article is by Kashiefa Parker (, International Ocean Institute - African Region, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa

The quote below is a sobering reflection. “…821 million people across the world—one in nine—still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more—one in three—suffer from some form of malnutrition. Eradicating hunger and malnutrition is one of the great challenges of our time.” - UN World Food Programme

They epitomize one of the key motivations in the development and implementation of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). One that envisions healthy and thriving small-scale fisher communities, in place of the vulnerable and challenging conditions they currently face. The SSF Guidelines are embedded within the human rights-based approach that guide its principles toward equitable, socially just, economically viable and environmentally sustainable reform of small-scale fisheries.

What has governance got to do with it?

Small-scale fisheries have...

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