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Where are Poor and Small-scale Farmers in Global Fisheries Policy?

Lucy Towers
30 July 2013, at 1:00am

GLOBAL - Traditionally, fisheries policies have been primarily driven by environmental and economic research agendas by foreign governments, development NGOs and scientific researchers. This leaves many small holders and poor people reliant on fish for nutrition, without a voice at a very large table.

Acknowledging the disparity in discourse, Stephen Hall, WorldFish Director General, has added new insights to the discussion by highlighting innovations in capture fisheries as an imperative for nutrition security in the developing world.

Published in an opinion-editorial on Devex, Stephen asserts that good fisheries policies help the poor, and without sufficient backing, their wellbeing, livelihoods and valued inputs may be lost. Making recommendations for fisheries policies for a new era, he outlines four guiding principles in a recent policy brief.

Underlining his challenge to the global fisheries community, Stephen states that fish are more than just another commodity that must be considered in the wider context of resource sustainability and environmental impacts, as well as for food and nutrition security and well-being of the people in developing countries.