Assessing the contribution of artisanal fisheries to food security: A bio-economic modeling approach

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Artisanal fisheries are an important food source in many developing regions. Quantitative bio-economic models are needed that comprehensively assess artisanal fisheries’ contribution to food security. Our model combines standard resource economics theory with the literature on food systems. It explains impacts of environmental variations and market development on output, prices and ultimately food security. The application to the Senegalese purse-seine fishery reveals that total sector rents account for 2% of per capita yearly food expenditures for the coastal inhabitants. We examine the relative importance of main drivers and the vulnerability of different regions. Market development plays a crucial role: The resource is of far greater relevance for remote regions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101740
JournalFood Policy
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes

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