Value Chain and Vulnerabilities in Small-Scale Fisheries Communities of Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria
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This thesis aims to understand the value chain in the Makoko fishing community historically as well as the current perspective. The study examined how value chain contributes to vulnerabilities in a small-scale fishing community and consequently suggested factors that can address the gaps in the value chain to enable it to transition from vulnerability to viability. The strategy of inquiry is a single community focussed study (case study). The value chain gaps, conduct, structure, and vulnerabilities within the small-scale fishing community were explored using a qualitative approach to gain a deeper understanding of the social phenomenon that would aid in proffering value chain enablers that can move the community towards viability. Data from focused group discussions n=10, multi-stakeholder interviews at different nodes of the value chain (fishers (20), wholesalers (20), retailers (20), processors (20), households (20) totaling n=100 and interviews were completed by the Fisheries Management department representatives n=10 at the study location in Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria. The results of the interviews and focused group discussions highlight a dysfunctional governance of the value chain which is propelling the value chain to contribute to vulnerabilities within the small-scale fishing community. Findings indicate a disconnect between the value chain actors and the value chain leadership, who are custodians of value chain management in the study location. Further findings show that there is inadequate government attention to fishery management in Makoko as enabling laws were not institutionalized and community leadership seemed non-existent in the fishery governance in the community. Significant implications of dysfunctional governance of the value chain for the community include social injustice, economic inequality, environmental degradation, loss of traditional knowledge, loss of food security and livelihoods, lack of investment and innovation, conflicts, and social tension, etc. Studying value chains and vulnerabilities in small-scale fishing communities adds to the existing literature and provides further insights into the complex relationships between these communities and their natural resource. The comprehensive knowledge provides an informed, focused, and policy-tailored approach to addressing challenges and promoting sustainable well-being in these communities.
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HAPPINESS CHUKWUEMEKA (2023). Value Chain and Vulnerabilities in Small-Scale Fisheries Communities of Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/19960