- Food security in the international development community is now considered as a wider phenomenon composed of availability, access, and use. From this perspective, fish trade can be central to food security.
- Unlike many full-time farmers, full-time fishers do not grow their own staple food, and need to be able to sell their products.
- In our study from the coastal Philippines, recently published in the journal Human Ecology, we assessed the relationship between food security and fish trade.
- This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay.
Marine conservation interventions are increasingly using improved food security in developing countries as a justification and an objective for their work. By improving the supply of fish through interventions such as marine protected areas (MPAs), it is commonly asserted that food security will therefore improve.
MPAs are viewed as interventions that will generate more fish and hence lead to greater levels of food security. The role or the value of fish in this sense is often viewed purely in terms of food. The way in which fish is considered to contribute to food security here is usually through its role in direct consumption.