Improving resilience of inland fisher communities in Benin
April 2015 – April 2018
Aim: To explore the vulnerability of the coastal inland fishing sector to increasing pressures on water resources caused by a mounting population, pollution from urban areas and changing climatic conditions. The project studies the functioning of prevailing institutions among fisher communities and tests if regulations are sufficiently resilient to cope with the new challenges. Special attention is paid to woman’s access to fish processing technologies that contributes to income and increases food security.
Objective: The newly obtained knowledge will be used to strengthen the institutions of the local fish-dependent households that should improve their incomes and food security situation.
Method: A survey in two selected lagoons elicits information on regulations to share water resources, household characteristics and gender related tasks. A study on the degradation of inland water resources quantifies the production potential for inland fisheries. The integrated biophysical and survey information constitutes the empirical basis for a decision support tool that should motivate the fishery communities to implement new and sustainable regulations that guarantee the long term development of the inland fishery sector.
Dutch policy goals: Increased sustainable agricultural production; and Improved access to better nutrition.