Poverty and Small-scale Fisheries in West Africa

  • Arthur E. Neiland
  • Christophe Béné

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Arthur E. Neiland, Christophe Béné
      Pages 1-6
  3. Understanding Poverty in Rural Africa

  4. Fisheries Management and Poverty

  5. Poverty Alleviation in Fisheries

About this book


This book arises from case studies and two back-to-back workshops held in Cotonou, Benin in November 2001. They were the combination of much experience and knowledge gathered in the West Africa region and were brought about to explore the concept of poverty, especially how it is a part of the life of fishing communities and our ways of thinking about resolving the issue. The workshops were conceived as a partnership between the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (F AO) and 25 countries of West Africa, working together through the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihood Programme (SFLP) to join forces with the Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE). The SFLP, with its remit of poverty alleviation in West African artisanal fisheries communities through better governance and improved policies to involve communities in management of the resources on which their livelihoods depend, had quickly realised that it needed to define what and whom it was targeting. In this respect, the two large back-to-back workshops marked a milestone for the SFLP. Those participating in the workshop soon emphasised that we need to push forward our ideas from the previous simplistic "less than a dollar a day" type definitions to show that poverty is multi-faceted and a dynamic feature of human society.


Fisheries Fisheries management Institution Nation Policy development organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur E. Neiland
    • 1
  • Christophe Béné
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for the Economics and Management of Aquatic Resources (CEMARE), Department of EconomicsUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6535-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2736-5
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