Some thoughts on international trade in aquaculture products and human development

Small-scale and subsistence fisheries, and aquaculture, play important roles in the livelihoods of many rural people throughout the region, although the significance is often hidden in national, regional and international statistics, and even rural development projects. In the lower Mekong basin, for example, the livelihoods of as many as 40 million people out of the 60 million people living in the basin are in some way connected or dependant on the Mekong rivers aquatic resources (directly in fishing, or foraging for a wide range of aquatic resources from lakes, ricefields, swamps and floodplains, but also indirectly in marketing, processing and other activities). With the fishery sector as an important sector for human development in Asia, an understanding of the array of stakeholders involved, and indeed ensuring their better participation in policy setting processes and trade discussions, is necessary to bring a more human development-oriented dimension to trade policy. This paper first appeared in Samudra.


Publisher: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution.


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