Livelihoods and income diversification among Artisanal fishers on the Kenyan coast

Jan Hoorweg, Barasa Wangila, Allan Degen

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Artisanal fishers are generally regarded as a poor, if not destitute, group. This chapter focuses on income diversification among fishers on the Kenyan coast and investigates the benefits of diversification as a livelihood strategy. Fisher households engaged in more economic activities than their non-fisher neighbours and the incidence of poverty among the fishers was no higher than among the general rural population in the region. Two types of income diversification with differing effects were identified - 'earner' and 'activity' diversification respectively. The policy implications of creating alternative employment opportunities for fisher communities are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInside Poverty and Development in Africa
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Reflections on Pro-Poor Policies
EditorsMarcel Rutten, Andre Leliveld, Dick Foeken
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789004158405
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

Publication series

NameAfrican Dynamics
ISSN (Print)1568-1777

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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