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Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Get to know the SSF Guidelines

The principles in the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) address policies, strategies and legal frameworks concerning small-scale fisheries, but also other matters affecting lives and livelihood in fishing communities. They have a clear human rights-based approach, and they put people, rather than fish, in focus. The SSF Guidelines are global in scope, and they guide dialogue, policy processes and actions at national, regional and international level.

Key issues in the SSF Guidelines include managing resources and allocating tenure rights responsibly; supporting social development and decent work; looking at fish workers along the entire value chain from catching through processing to trading fish; promoting gender equality; and taking into account climate change and disaster risk. Explore the content of the SSF Guidelines by clicking on the themes.  

Value chains, post-harvest and trade in small-scale fisheries Gender equality Disaster risk and climate change in small-scale fisheries

Complement to other global instruments

Note that the SSF Guidelines complement other global initiatives and policies, such as

Raising awareness about these other instruments goes hand in hand with raising awareness about the principles in the SSF Guidelines.