The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Social capital to alleviate poverty. Fisheries cooperatives in southern Sri Lanka

Oscar Amarasinghe

Social capital is a resource small-scale fishers can draw upon to cope with vulnerability. Fisheries cooperatives in the south of Sri Lanka have provided assistance to fishers to secure the required livelihood capitals and deal effectively with inadequately developed markets and other shocks. If fishers can secure the required livelihood capitals through cooperation, this will have a positive impact on poverty alleviation. However, the impact on resource health still remains uncertain.