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Poverty Measurements in Small-scale Fisheries of Ghana: A Step towards Poverty Eradication

This study examined measurements of poverty in small-scale fishing communities of Ghana using FGT techniques and the Sumaila Relative Poverty Indices. Findings show that poverty head-count index was between 35.5% and 50% using the Local Poverty line and up to 80% using the International Poverty line. In terms of vulnerability, irrespective of the main fishing activity, community (rural or urban) and habitat of fishery resources (freshwater or marine), fishers were facing identical sources of vulnerability. Marginalization indicators were relatively better in the urban fishing communities (90%) than in the rural fishing communities (50%-80%).


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Name of Author(s):
1Berchie Asiedu, 1Francis K.E. Nunoo, 1Patrick K. Ofori-Danson, 2Daniel B. Sarpong and 3Ussif R. Sumaila
Institutional Affiliation:
1Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 99, Legon, Ghana; 2College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 68, Legon, Ghana; 3Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, 2202 Main Mall, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V6T 1Z4
Type of Publication:
Journal Article
Name of Publisher or Journal:
Current Research Journal of Social Sciences
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