Pirates, pirogues and politicians: The politics of fishing in Africa

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Written by secretariat Wednesday, 03 September 2014 11:49

Article by: Peter Dörrie

The story of maritime fishing in Africa is often told as a simple one. On the one side are the continent’s countless artisanal fishermen and women who have plied the seas for hundreds of years in their dug-out canoes and pirogues. Today, they suffer because of the other side. Greedy fishing fleets from the European Union and Asia taking advantage of exploitative political agreements. Pirate fishermen, abusing many countries’ lack of control over their territorial waters. And greedy local elites that close both eyes, as long as they can line their own pockets.

To be sure, all these characters exist and the problems in Africa’s fisheries are real. But, as almost always, the reality is more complex than this simple tale of good and bad. Fishing is more than a simple economic activity. It is a complex social, commercial and political arena where competing interests clash. Here, the obvious solution not always turns out to be the right one.

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BAFLF demand permanent employment for irregular workers in BADC

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:39

BAFLF demand permanent employment for irregular workers in BADC as well as improved retirement benefit, paid weekly holidays and maternity leave.

August 18, 2014 – the Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) conducted a Press Conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka to demand regular employment for irregular workers employed in the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) farm as per Agricultural Farm Workers’ Appointment and Control Policy (1990) and re-employment of illegally terminated 1,604 farm workers. In addition of to improve retirement benefits equivalent to the wage of 60 months instead of 30 months and two days paid holiday per week, BAFLF also demands that paid maternity leave be doubled from 3 months to 6 months, giving farm workers the same maternity rights as farm management and other government staff.

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FAILED DAMS IN MANIPUR? ANY LESSONS LEARNT

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:23

By Jiten Yumnam ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Two parallel absurd realities fast unfold in Manipur. The efficacy of several commissioned mega dams Khuga dam, the Khoupum dam and the Singda dam and even the 105 MW Loktak project is increasing exposed, as evident by wide reporting on their non functioning of their vital components, of regular breach of canals and dams lying idle and defunct since decommissioning. Small scale farmers, fishing communities in and around Loktak wetlands will wilfully testify the unfulfilled promises and the underperformance of the 105 MW Loktak HEP project in Manipur

In another reality, notwithstanding the exposition of efficacy and tacit underperformance of commissioned mega dams, there’s concerted and aggressive move of the Government of Manipur to construct series of mega dams all across the Rivers of Manipur under the Manipur Hydroelectric Power Policy, 2012, even initiating series of global tenders inviting multinational corporations and full preparations of Memorandum of Understandings with these giant profit mongering corporations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:29

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PCFS-Africa pushes for government political will and Shell Oil accountability over decades-old oil pollution in Ogoniland

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Written by secretariat Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:39

Nairobi, Kenya – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty-Africa pushed for government political will and Shell Oil accountability over decades-old oil pollution in Ogoniland on the eve of the 3rd year anniversary of the UNEP Environmental Assessment Report. PCFS-Africa called for the immediate cleanup of the Niger Delta during the recent 15th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) and the 1st UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya last 21- 27 June 2014.

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International Conference on Ineffectiveness of Aid and Investments in Agriculture and Rural Development

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Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:00

International Conference on Ineffectiveness of Aid and Investments in Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

*Postponed from August 26-27 to October, further details will be announced soon

In September 2000, 189 country leaders met in the United Nations Headquarters in New York and committed to reach eight measurable goals by 2015. Top most mentioned among the goals is the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger around the world. Concretely, it aimed to reduce the proportion of hungry population by half by lowering the number of people who live with the income of less than $1/day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:51

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