Invisible Possibilities: Poverty Alleviation in Small-scale Fisher Communities Public Deposited

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  • Poverty is currently among the challenging global problems that requires sound alleviation strategies. The challenge relates to how poverty presents itself as highly varied in both context and content. Quite often, conventional approaches to the study of poverty and its alleviation have focused on what communities are deprived of or lack. This is a state in which poor communities face unacceptable hardship given their inability to access what they are supposed to get. That which they are supposed to get is to a large extent visibly absent in their communities. We refer to these absences in this paper as the visible absences. There is however another side that we seldom hear of about the poor, the invisible presences. These are what the poor communities have but are not obviously visible. The invisible presences appear to be the lifeline of the poor communities where all activities and behaviour are pegged. They appear to be the basis upon which poor communities generate meaning for life, ground, establish and operate their institutions and power system. They appear to be what poor communities use to create and utilize what political ecologists refer to as ocean space. This paper examines what these invisible presences are and how they are used in poor small-scale fisher communities of Lake Victoria Tanzania.
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  • Onyango, P. Invisible Possibilities: Poverty Alleviation in Small-scale Fisher Communities. In: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.
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