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5. Fisher Livelihoods

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Marine fisheries are one of the few economic activities present everywhere along the coast. This chapter addresses the issue of fisher incomes and household livelihoods by examining fisher and non-fisher households living in the same vicinity. It focuses on possible differences in food security between fishers and non-fishers and the possible relations with household diversification. Three aspects of food security are food production, food stocks and food consumption. Starting with subsistence food production, non-fishers produced staple foods (maize and cassava) and legumes/greens more often than fishers. In contrast, fishers produced more animal products, notably fish from their own catches, than non-fishers.

Keywords: cassava; economic activities; household diversification; maize; marine fisheries; non-fishers; staple foods



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