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The Equity and Poverty Impacts of Aquaculture: Insights from the Philippines

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  • Xavier Irz
  • James R. Stevenson
  • Arnold Tanoy
  • Portia Villarante
  • Pierre Morissens

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Recent literature is sceptical about the ability of aquaculture development to enhance equity and reduce poverty. This article investigates the issue empirically by surveying 148 households randomly selected in five coastal communities of the Philippines. There is overwhelming evidence that aquaculture benefits the poor in important ways and that it is perceived very positively by poor and non-poor alike. In particular, the poor derive a relatively larger share of their income from it than the rich, and a lowering of the poverty line only reinforces this result. A Gini decomposition exercise also shows unambiguously that aquaculture represents an inequality-reducing source of income, providing employment to a large number of unskilled workers in communities characterised by large labour surpluses. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 25 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (07)
Pages: 495-516

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:4:p:495-516

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  1. Toufique, Kazi Ali & Gregory, Rick, 2008. "Common waters and private lands: Distributional impacts of floodplain aquaculture in Bangladesh," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(6), pages 587-594, December.

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