African poverty reduction strategy programmes and the fisheries sector: current situation and opportunities

Andy Thorpe, Chris Reid, R. Van Anrooy, C. Brugere

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Abstract

The formulation of Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) is one of the main conditions for concessional lending by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to developing countries. Nevertheless, while evidence indicates that the fisheries sector can contribute (often markedly at the local level) to improved livelihoods and the achievement of food security in Africa, the sector is often neglected in PRSPs. This article focuses on the 29 African states that have currently produced a PRSP, highlighting those nations for whom the fisheries sector has been a significant motor of economic growth or likely poverty refuge. It then analyses the extent to which the fisheries sector is incorporated into national PRSPs. Results of a mapping exercise demonstrate that while the sector is significant (in either growth or poverty terms) in 12 states, the sector was effectively mainstreamed in only three national PRSPs (Ghana, Guinea and Senegal).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-362
Number of pages35
JournalAfrican Development Review
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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