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Commentary/Small fry are beautiful: rethinking development in small-scale fisheries

Development investments often deliver “white elephants” – poorly integrated infrastructure that is left unused. Listening to the ideas of the people who fish, process, and trade fish provides a strong foundation for an alternative model of enhancing fish-based livelihoods.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Freezing fish in rural Solomon Islands

Experiments with solar-powered freezers could lead to future gains for fishers and poor communities. Women’s groups lead the way.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Preserved sardines in Timor-Leste

Local initiatives need local champions. Supporting Beacou’s women’s group is enhancing their fish-based livelihoods, “sardina azeita botir”.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Jan van der Ploeg & Steven Cole
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Commentary/White elephants in small-scale fisheries

An inappropriate blueprint can fail to deliver services, even if a development intervention seems to build on what people are already doing. Fisheries centres in Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands have shown how "blueprint" solutions don’t always work in practice.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Commentary/Salting tilapia in Zambia

Where women and men both process the local fish catch, gender perceptions can skew their success. Communities working with WorldFish found better ways for all, with some added benefits for women.

WRITTEN BY Hampus Eriksson, Steven Cole & Jan van der Ploeg
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Feature/Moving from “doing less badly” to “sustainability”

It’s time to start thinking about development that benefits both people and the planet. It’s time to talk about transformation, and changing the way we change.

WRITTEN BY Marika Haeggman
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Opinion/Looking further, looking deeper – rethinking disaster resilience

The magnitude of a disaster is not measured solely by the size of an earthquake or strength of a storm. It depends on how societies are structured and organised, as this affects their disaster resilience.

WRITTEN BY Helena Hermansson & Sara Bondesson
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Opinion/Harvesting rain to improve crops across Africa

Grounded solutions for agriculture and water use in Africa need to suit the continent’s climate and water availability. This means moving away from large-scale irrigation and infrastructure to finding smarter ways of capturing rain and improving soil health.

WRITTEN BY Lars Berg
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Feature/Disaster, hope, fear, and resilience in rural Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of hurricanes, the isolated rural communities in Puerto Rico were left to weather the damage and rebuilding alone. By returning to old ways and adopting new methods, they built stronger networks and sought deeper knowledge, inside and outside the US island territory.

WRITTEN BY Glynis Board
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Commentary/The Nairobi Dam: from community resource to open sewer – and back again

Originally built in the early 1950s to create a water supply reservoir, the Nairobi Dam has deteriorated significantly and now poses a threat to human and ecosystem health. Residents of Kibera, the informal settlement that borders the reservoir, have been transforming its tributaries into a lively network of community amenities and programmes since 2006.

WRITTEN BY Joseph Mulligan