Negotiating risk and poverty in mangrove fishing communities of the Bangladesh Sundarbans

Islam, Mohammad Mahmudul and Chuenpagdee, Ratana (2013) Negotiating risk and poverty in mangrove fishing communities of the Bangladesh Sundarbans. Maritime Studies, 12 (7). ISSN 2212-9790

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Small-scale fishers in Bangladesh face substantial risks due to their occupation and their geographical setting. Without any effective buffer against crises, recurring shocks and on-going risk exposure are major factors pushing fishers into poverty. Not all fishers experience these events in the same way, however, with some of them showing higher capacity to negotiate risks. In this study, we ask how fishers cope with shock, what factors differentiate them in their risk negotiations, and what implications these factors may have on poverty alleviation policy. On the basis of the study’s findings, we posit that poverty alleviation in small-scale fishing communities in Bangladesh requires interventions that target not only risk minimization, but also the endowment of fishers with socio-economic capitals to help them handle varying degrees of risk and shocks. Such policies as, for instance, providing employment for fisherwomen or providing a basic social safety net will increase the overall resilience and well-being of fisher communities.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 1971
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 28 June 2013
Date Type: Publication
Geographic Location: Bangladesh
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