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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 


Fisheries and the Right to Food

By Ramya Rajagopalan (, Consultant, ICSF

The report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, presented recently to the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, is significant in that it is the first such report on fisheries in the context of food security.

The report assesses both the contribution of the fisheries sector to the realization of the right to adequate food and the challenges that the sector faces. It examines how the individuals most vulnerable to negative impacts can be supported to ensure the progressive realization of the right to food, noting that pursuing a human-rights approach is critical to achieving sustainable development in the fisheries sector. It makes recommendations that could guide current and future processes at the global level and the implementation of national-level policies that would support the realization of the right to food.

The report highlights that women comprise about half of the global fisheries workforce and that that they are typically concentrated in pre-harvest and post-harvest activities. It calls for steps to be taken to actively support the livelihoods of small-scale fishers and the access to fish protein of...

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