A Value Chain Analysis of Fish Products: Case study from Pantar Island, Eastern Indonesia Public Deposited

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  • Pantar Island's coastal communities like many other coastal communities in eastern Indonesia have a high dependency on marine resources for income, food security and other benefits. Fish products (comprising several species of demersal and pelagic species) are particularly valuable (in addition to other products harvested and traded for export markets) as they are a source of cash income andfood for other coastal and mountain dwelling people in Pantar and neighboring islands. Understanding how the fish trade operates and identifying the interventions that can enhance the position and participation of local communities along the value chain is one approach to improving their livelihoods. This paper examines the fish products traded in Pantar Island, eastern Indonesia through a value chain analysis (VCA). The VCA explores the core processes (e.g. input, production, collection, intermediary trade, wholesale and retail marketing, and consumption) involved and actors (including gendered analysis) who provide services and goods at each point of the value chain. The analysis also identifies the relationships and power differential among actors and how price is determined. The research is based on data collected through focus group discussions with fishers in four villages in Pantar and interviews with local and intermediary traders. The intent was to identify effective pathways to enhance the participation of local producers in the fish product value chain. This paper discusses key issues, potential risks faced by coastal communities, and potential strategies for upgrading of the value chain as one of way to enhance the livelihoods of coastal communities. The results also show how household engagement in the fish trade contributes significantly to household food security.
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  • Fitriana, Ria and N. Stacey. 2014. A Value Chain Analysis of Fish Products: Case study from Pantar Island, Eastern Indonesia. In: Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play?: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 7-11, 2014, Brisbane, Australia. Complied by Ann L. Shriver & Melissa Errend. Corvallis, OR: International Institute of Fisheries.
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