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The Small-Scale Fisheries Sector in Relation to International Trade and Sustainable Livelihoods










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    The contribution of small-scale fisheries to healthy food systems and sustainable livelihoods in Uganda 2023
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    This Small-scale Fisheries Brief is tailored to provide insight into the contribution of small-scale fisheries to healthy food systems and sustainable livelihoods in Uganda. Over 10.2 million people are nourished from fish supplied from small-scale fisheries in Uganda, and at least 3.2 million people depend at least partially on small-scale fisheries livelihoods. The sector has an essential role in transforming Uganda’s food system by contributing to healthy and sustainable diets, equitable livelihoods and leaving no one behind in the fight against hunger and poverty. However, it faces multiple threats and challenges, such as shocks (due for example to climate change or COVID-19) and poor governance, which undermine the potential benefits to Uganda’s society and progress towards the SDGs. Strengthening the commitment and implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) can help safeguard and enhance small-scale fisheries’ contributions to sustainable development and food systems in Uganda. Strategies are needed to highlight the nutritional value of small, low-cost fish species and to address fish loss and waste across value chains, as well as to promote equitable trade, governance and utilization of fish as food.
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    The contribution of small-scale fisheries to healthy food systems and sustainable livelihoods in the Southern African Development Community 2024
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    This Small-scale Fisheries Brief is tailored to provide insight into the contribution of small-scale fisheries to healthy food systems and sustainable livelihoods in the the Southern African Development Community (SADC).SADC comprises 16 Member States that lie in southern sub-Saharan Africa. The region is rich in aquatic resources, with vast inland waterbodies and marine waters. The fisheries sector generates immense social, economic and nutritional value, which acts as a lifeline for millions of people within the region. In 2021, over 3.1 million tonnes of fish were harvested from freshwater and marine capture fisheries in the SADC region. Capture fisheries are dominated by small-scale fisheries, with many countries having almost exclusively small-scale fisheries relative to large-scale ones. More than 22.7 million women and men depend on small-scale fisheries for their livelihoods and subsistence.Strengthening the commitment and implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) within national policies and plans can help safeguard and enhance small-scale fisheries’ contributions to sustainable development and food systems in the SADC region. The Illuminating Hidden Harvests initiative has generated new evidence about the value of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development globally and within the SADC; evidence that has informed this brief.

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