Guidelines for micro-finance and credit services in support of small-scale fisheries in Asia
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These Guidelines for increasing access of small-scale fisheries to credit and microfinance services in Asia have been developed to support the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).
The purpose of these guidelines is fourfold, i.e. to:
• Increase awareness about the financial service needs of small-scale fishers (SSF) for more sustainable and inclusive access to finance;
• Guide policy and decision makers in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere, to help introduce and incentivize financial services to small-scale fishers, with the ultimate objective to encourage investment in the industry and by doing so influence and strengthen sustainability, ecological and economic viability of these fisheries;
• Build capacity among financial service providers, fisherfolk organizations, NGOs, and concerned government agencies, to design and implement financial service products and programmes that suit the needs of small-scale fishing communities and enhance social protection; and
• Promote financial services that incentivize and reward a responsible and sustainable conduct of fishing, fish processing and marketing operations.
The document commences by laying out the background and context, purpose and target audience of these Guidelines. It describes why microfinance and credit are important for small scale fisheries and why many small-scale fishers are not currently financed, which includes a discussion of risks. The Guidelines suggest entry and leverage points for actors interested in supporting the access of financial services for SSFs and compares agriculture (smallholders) and SSF business characteristics.
|Author||Grace, L., van Anrooy, R.|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Number of Pages||56 pages|
|Region / Country||Asia /|
|Primary Language||English (en)|
|Keywords||Microfinance, small-scale fisheries|