E ISSN: 2583-049X

International Journal of Advanced Multidisciplinary Research and Studies

Volume 4, Issue 2, 2024

Factors Contributing to Poverty among Artisanal Fisherfolk of in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria

Author(s): Christiana Uzoaru Okorie, Winnifred Chioma Obi

DOI: https://doi.org/10.62225/2583049X.2024.4.2.2634


This study investigated factors contributing to poverty among artisanal fisherfolk in Ahoada Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. By exploring the livelihoods of artisanal fisherfolk, this paper analyzed different aspects of poverty and identify factors that contribute to poverty in these communities. This descriptive study was guided by two research objectives and questions. The population of study consists of 520 members of 3 fisherfolks cooperative society in Rivers State, out of which 240 members was randomly sampled. The research instrument used for the study was a structured 24 item questionnaire designed on a modified 4-poin Liker scale format. The findings of the study reveal that lack of access to loan facilities, reduction in catch and socio-economic factors contributed to poverty among fisherfolk in Rivers State. This study came to the conclusion that poverty is pervasive in coastal communities in Rivers State because the majority of fishermen who live and work there have daily challenges that exacerbate rather than reduce their economic condition. Based on this the paper recommended that in order to give fishermen access to loans and free themselves from the shackles of payday lenders, the government of Rivers State urgently needs to expand the establishment of microfinance banks to coastal communities. Additionally, fishermen need to be properly educated on the importance of maintaining clean waterways and the proper application of government regulations governing effluent discharge on water bodies.

Keywords: Poverty, Artisanal Fisherfolks, Coastal Communities, Behavioural Theory

Pages: 1128-1134

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