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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 13 Getting fisherfolk off the hook: an exploratory PRA in Southern India

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 13 Getting fisherfolk off the hook: an exploratory PRA in Southern India R. Ramesh, N. Narayanasamy and M.P.Boraian Introduction · to elicit the views of fishers on ways to ameliorate their working and living Fishers in India are largely unorganised. conditions. Where they are grouped together, it is usually in small numbers and their associations are To study the livelihoods, a number of PRA rarely strong enough to ensure their voices are exercises were completed, including: a trade heard. Yet fishers live with many challenges: inventory, preference ranking, key problem occupational, seasonal, geographic, social and analysis, seasonal, case and time use analysis, economic and have not used collective semi-structured interviewing, focal group bargaining to ameliorate their conditions. discussions and causal diagram. The findings Many claim that they live with the hope that from some of these exercises are discussed there are as many good fish remaining in the below. sea as ever came out of it. PRA findings Fishing can be lucrative, yet many fishers are poor because of the exploitation which has Trade inventory and risk ranking become so institutionalised that the fishers often do not realise it for themselves. During preliminary discussion ...

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