Vulnerability and Contribution of Fisheries as a Livelihood Strategy in Kani Ward, Binga, Zimbabwe

37 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2021

Date Written: August 8, 2021


The study assesses the vulnerability and the contribution of fisheries as a livelihood strategy in Zimbabwean households as a way of their survival, with particular reference to Kani ward, Binga, Zimbabwe. The specific objectives of this study were to assess the contribution of fisheries to household livelihood sustainability and the vulnerability of this livelihood strategy in households. The study findings were analyzed using a sustainable livelihood theoretical framework using a qualitative research approach. The research findings were presented under themes that were obtained during the in-depth interviews. The research indicated that fisheries have been an essential livelihood strategy for household in Kani ward as it has enabled them to own a diverse of assets which among others are livestock, houses, refrigerators, cars and fishing rigs. While some alluded that fisheries have enabled them to raise household incomes, contributed to household food production and availability, improved could development in households through improved nutritional status, access to education and anatal care(health) and lastly in women empowerment. However, this livelihood strategy remains vulnerable to a number of factors such as government policies, expensive fishing permits and hawk licenses, poor infrastructure, Covid-19, climate change and high rates of STIs in fishing camps.

Keywords: Vulnerability, Sustainability, Livelihood and Fisheries.

JEL Classification: R11

Suggested Citation

Mathe, Prince, Vulnerability and Contribution of Fisheries as a Livelihood Strategy in Kani Ward, Binga, Zimbabwe (August 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

Prince Mathe (Contact Author)

Lupane State University ( email )

P.O BOx AC255
Bulawayo, Matabeleland North 00263

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