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Title:Institutions, Mobility and Resilience in the Fante Migratory Fisheries in West Africa
Author:Overa, Ragnhild
Year:2005
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Issue:9
Pages:103-123
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:West Africa
Ghana
Subjects:Fanti
marine fisheries
migration
social networks
social structure
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Urbanization and Migration
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
sociology
fisheries
Fanti (African people)
immigrants
Social institutions
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406726
Abstract:Migration has become integral to Fante fisheries and may be viewed as an important precondition for the continued viability of small-scale fisheries as a livelihood strategy. Social and political institutions in both home communities and migration destinations are crucial for fishermen's ability to negotiate access to foreign coastal areas and to harvest fish and utilize fish markets in a multilocational manner. The case of migrant Fante fishermen and fish traders from Moree in the Central Region of Ghana illustrates how 'replication' in the migration context of home-grown organizing principles facilitates migrants' movements, mobilization of financial resources, management of common property resources and negotiation of internal and external conflicts. The institutional capacity of the Fante migratory production system enhances its sustainability and reduces its vulnerability in an environment where resource access is seasonal and fluctuating, population growth is high, production is susceptible to increases in the costs of inputs, and market demand is high while purchasing power among consumers is poor. Spatial mobility is an important strategy in the adaptation to such an environment, and has so far proven to be an economically and ecologically sound mode of harvesting marine resources. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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