Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Small scale fishing communities fighting for their way of life

The November issue of Nyéléni focuses on the essential role that small scale fishing communities play in the livelihoods of and providing access to food for millions of people around the world.

Here's the editorial from this November edition.  The complete copy of the newsletter can be found here.


Developing countries are generally more vulnerable to the effects of climate change
than more developed countries due to their low capacity to adapt to climate change and
variability. Increasing global surface temperatures, rising sea levels, irregular changes
in average annual precipitation and increases in the variability and intensity of extreme
weather events pose a major threat to coastal and island communities, which are heavily dependent on fish resources for their wellbeing – communities in which poverty is
widespread and few alternative livelihoods are available. 

Amidst the destruction caused by a lack of responsible governance of the use of land
and natural resources, small-scale fishing communities are fighting to claim back their
fishing grounds as governments and land use planners are seizing the catastrophe as
an opportunity to halt small-scale fishing activities in such areas and allocate the
areas to the development of tourist infrastructures and other uses. Fishing is not
only a source of employment, income and food for small-scale fishery; it is a way of life
based on social and environmental harmony which strengthens communities and
supports adaptation measures particularly for the most vulnerable, especially women.
Small-scale fishing communities can build and strengthen their capacity to adapt if
they are supported, and not forced to leave their waters. 

Margaret Nakato
Co- President of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Worker

Who is Nyéléni?

In the last years hundreds of organizations and movements have been engaged in
struggles, activities, and various kinds of work to defend and promote the right of people
to Food Sovereignty around the world. Many of these organizations were present in
the Nyéléni Forum 2007 and feel part of a broader Food Sovereignty Movement, that
considers the Nyéléni 2007 declaration as its political platform. The Nyéléni Newsletter wants to be the voice of this international movement.

Organizations involved: Development Fund, ETC, FIAN, Focus on the Global South,
Food First, Friends of the Earth International, GRAIN, Grassroots International, IPC for
food sovereignty, La Via Campesina, Marcha Mundial de las Mujeres, Oxfam Solidarity, Real World Radio, Roppa, The World Forum Of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers, Veterinarios Sin Fronteras.

Now is the time for Food Sovereignty

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