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Poverty reduction strategy papers and the fisheries sector: an opportunity forgone?


  • Andy Thorpe

    (Department of Economics, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

  • Chris Reid

    (Department of Economics, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)

  • Raymon Van Anrooy

    (Fisheries Department, FAO, Rome, Italy)

  • Cecile Brugere

    (Fisheries Department, FAO, Rome, Italy)

  • Denis Becker

    (Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK)


This article examines the extent to which the fisheries sector has been mainstreamed into the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs) published by fifty nations by the end of 2003. Applying content analysis techniques we find that there is little overt relationship between the extent of such mainstreaming and the significance of the sector (as either a contributor to food security, a generator of foreign exchange, a provider of employment or as a refuge of the poor). Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Andy Thorpe & Chris Reid & Raymon Van Anrooy & Cecile Brugere & Denis Becker, 2006. "Poverty reduction strategy papers and the fisheries sector: an opportunity forgone?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 18(4), pages 489-517.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:18:y:2006:i:4:p:489-517
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1245

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    1. Anne O. Krueger, 1982. "Trade and Employment in Developing Countries, Volume 2: Factor Supply and Substitution," NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc, number krue82-1, April.
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    3. H. Scott Gordon, 1954. "The Economic Theory of a Common-Property Resource: The Fishery," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 62, pages 124-124.
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