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Issue No:75
  • :January
  • :2017

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—a Native American saying


Looking Ahead

Implementation of the FAO SSF Guidelines, through appropriate legislation, would go a long way to help shore up the livelihoods of the small-scale fisherfolk of Pakistan

This article is by Muhammed Ali Shah (, and Roshan Bhatti ( of Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), Karachi, Pakistan

The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), at its Thirty-first Session in June 2014, formally adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, granted a project in December 2015 to a consortium comprising the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) and Centro Internazionale Crocevia (CIC) to promote awareness about the SSF Guidelines and to mobilize support for their implementation across countries of the Global South.

The National Workshop on Capacity-building for the Implementation of the SSF Guidelines, held in Karachi,...

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