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Issue No.23
  • :November
  • :2006

Yemaya 23 carries writeups from countries like Philippines, Chile, Latin America etc.

Asia/Philippines

“It’s the same”

These excerpts are from a recent study “Food Insecurity and Gender Inequality in Property Rights: The Case of Market Access for Philippine Seaweeds” by Hazel Arandez-Tanchuling and Marina Fe B. Durano

The report was originally published in Lundayan, Vol.13, No.1, 2006, published by the Tambuyog Development Centre (http://www.tambuyog.org/news_details.asp? news_id=390)


Fish is a Filipino’s primary source of animal protein, and the Philippines reports an annual per capita consumption of 36 kg. This paper seeks to understand the linkages between food security and trade liberalization.

The 2003 Census of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Philippines’ National Statistics Office estimates the fisherfolk population at 1.8 mn, and fishing communities are found to be among the poorest in the country. Since the 1990s, however, several fishing communities have shifted from subsistence fishingand fishing for local consumption towards seaweed production. This growing trend has beenencouraged by the aggressive promotion ofseaweed farming by the Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries an

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