Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission
Details of the planning and process which was used by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Programme (RFLP) to promote non-fisheries livelihoods in small-scale fisheries communities in northwest Sri Lanka.
Life can be hard for those living in small-scale fishing communities.   For many, existence is truly ‘life on the edge’. Settlements are often remote, with poor access and few services. Over exploitation of marine resources leads to falling catches and declining incomes. As if this wasn’t enough, fishing remains the world’s most dangerous occupation with many thousands of fishers...
 The context, strategy, and process followed by the RFLP to improve access by fisher communities around Negombo, Chilaw and Puttalam lagoons in Sri Lanka to micro-finance services (including savings, credit and insurance) is detailed. Lessons learned, unexpected benefits, results and recommendations are given for an innovative initiative, which the Minister for Fisheries has requested be replicated nationwide.
This guidance document was meant to support RFLP management team in the planning process for livelihoods development activities in the Philippines. The document covers field-level implementation mechanism sand implementation, the study of the local economy and services, recruitment of NGO implementation partners, understanding and responding to information needs, and tools and approaches to strengthen RFLP livelihoods development work.
This case study presents an overview of the context, details the RFLP intervention, gives the results, implementation problems, and recommendations and key lessons learned of RFLP supported chicken rearing as an alternative livelihood option for coastal communes of Cambodia.
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