The Environmentalist

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 108–122 | Cite as

Using Participatory Rural Appraisal to explore coastal fishing in Badagry villages, Nigeria

  • Raphael Abiodun Olawepo


Fish production and marketing are as old as the rural communities involved in the lucrative occupation in Badagry area of Lagos State, Nigeria. A random sampling of 200 fishermen using Participatory Rural Appraisal techniques (PRA) in five Badagry villages was used to explore coastal fishing and socio-economic development in the study area with a view to enhancing local productivity and sustainability. The findings show that an average fisherman in Badagry is aware of the resources available in his environment, and can affect productivity levels positively if given adequate incentives. There are two lessons from this study; one has to do with what PRA tells us about the fishing community, the other is the importance of facilitators that have, amongst other things, good listening skills. The experience also revealed that field workers’ ability to listen and learn from local fishermen was a critical factor in collecting in-depth information that could be used for rural community planning.


Rural Appraisal Fishing Development Participation Planning Resources and habitat 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of IlorinIlorinNigeria

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