Fishery as a livelihood strategy in Malawi. Analyzing a small LSMS sub-sample


  • The paper focuses on fisheries, while an adjoining paper focuses on livelihood strategies in rural Malawi in general. Both papers are results of a CMI project on ‘Well-being among Fisherfolks in Africa’.


We illustrate how a national household survey can be applied to analyse a subject that requires data from a small sub-sample. Even for small sub-samples meaningful statistical tests can be conducted. The benefits of applying sub-samples from larger household surveys are that primary data collection is not needed and there is a large comparison group. The illustrative case is livelihood strategies among fishermen in Malawi. We find that boat-owners do not diversify more than other households, while crew-members appear to diversify more as they combine fishery with agriculture. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.