Food and income-based compensation scheme for fishers

Publicado: 16 Diciembre 2020
Última edición: 16 Diciembre 2020

To support the overall hilsa fishery management plan, food grain compensation or training on alternative income-generation is provided to households directly impacted by hilsa fishing bans. Households receive either a monthly ration of rice throughout the long (four-month) fishing ban period, or they receive training and materials to help them diversify their income. If in receipt of the latter (referred to as AIGA – alternative income-generating activities), households are typically not entitled to rice compensation. Under AIGA, training offered includes livestock rearing, sewing, agriculture and net-mending. 


Educación, entrenamiento y otras actividades de desarrollo de capacidades
Medios de vida sustentables
Escala de aplicación
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Factores favorables

Both the food grain and the AIGA schemes are government schemes which were already established before the fisheries scheme, meaning these schemes could be readily linked to the fisheries scheme.

Lecciónes aprendidas

  • Because the food grain and AIGA schemes pre-date the national fishery management plan, neither were necessarily well-suited to addressing the complexities of fishing-based livelihoods
  • Households receiving AIGA were generally not entitled to food grain, and uptake for the AIGA scheme was very low – in around 2014 only some 0.5% of households received this kind of support
  • Ensuring participation from the outset of compensation scheme design will help to address this issue by ensuring local needs and wants are accounted for 
  • Many non-monetary benefits and costs, including opportunity costs, can be very difficult to account for and value

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