Assessing Vulnerability to Poverty in Fishing Communities Public Deposited

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  • In this paper we develop an index of economic vulnerability which we use conjointly with a more conventional measure of income poverty to explore the different dimensions of poverty (transient, chronic, vulnerability) that affect fishing communities in developing countries. We illustrate the potential uses of this method with cross-sectoral data of farming-fishing communities from a remote rural area in Democratic Republic of Congo. In line with recent works on poverty and vulnerability our analysis suggests that income poverty and economic vulnerability are only loosely correlated at the household level. In particular, the data show that households can remain highly vulnerable even when their incomes lie well above the average local income. The analysis also highlights the high vulnerability of full-time fisherfolks and identifies mobility as a key-factor increasing vulnerability. These different results are consistent with the conclusions usually proposed in the more specialized literature on small-scale fisheries in Africa.
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  • Béné, Christophe. 2008. Assessing Vulnerability to Poverty in Fishing Communities. 11 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 22-25, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Achieving a Sustainable Future: Managing Aquaculture, Fishing, Trade and Development. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2008.
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