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Fish as the ‘‘bank in the water”– Evidence from chronic-poor communities in Congo

Small-scale fisheries are seldom considered or included in rural development planning despite their large presence in many parts of developing countries’ rural areas and the significant numbers of resource-poor and/or landless households who depend directly on them to sustain their livelihoods. This paper investigates the dual role of fish as a food and cash crop a remote rural region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The data shows that poor households rely heavily on fishing for their supply of protein-rich food, in particular through women’s subsistence catches.