A photovoice assessment for illuminating the role of inland fisheries to livelihoods and the local challenges experienced through the lens of fishers in a climate-driven lake of Malawi

Fiona Armstrong Simmance*, Alison Budden Simmance, Jeppe Kolding, Kate Schreckenberg, Emma Tompkins, Guy Poppy, Joseph Nagoli

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Abstract

Small-scale inland capture fisheries provide an important source of nutritious food, employment and income to millions of people in developing countries, particularly in rural environments where limited alternatives exist. However, the sector is one of most under-valued fisheries sectors and is increasingly experiencing environmental change. This study adopts a Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and investigates how important a fluctuating inland fishery is to livelihoods, and how local perceptions on challenges corresponds to global evidence. Through an innovative participatory method; photovoice, the lived experiences and perceptions of fishers are depicted. The findings illuminate the valuable role of the sector to food and nutrition security and the complex nexus with vulnerability to climate change. The study responds to the call for more local level assessments of the impacts of climate change on inland fisheries in data-limited environments, and the value of the sector in underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalAMBIO
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Food and nutrition security
  • Inland small-scale fisheries
  • Lake Chilwa
  • Livelihoods
  • Photovoice

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