Scope and Content

This series contains one photographic item. The image shows a fisherman and his family at supper, they are sat cross-legged on the floor. The floor is tiled [?]. They are dresses in sarongs. There are two men, two women and a child. The article is printed on the verso [see publication note]. Black and white. Location of subject: Burma.



Fisherman's Co-operatives in Burma

One the leading rice granary of Asia, the close of World War II found Burma reduced to subsistence farming. Although the Burmese were always a fish-eating people, large salt-water fish resources remained untapped due, in part to the prohibitive cost of fishing boats. The Government decided to foster the growth of consumer co-operatives. Thus, fishermen's co-operatives were encouraged to increase the supply of fish and to enable groups of fishermen to raise their income by jointly owning a boat and gear. Such joint venture also prevents the main share of the catch going to the captain and boat owner. Four UN [United Nations] and ILO [International Labour Organisation] experts have been helping the Burmese, since 1952 to modernize and develop the co-operative movement. Here is a picture of a Burmese family having dinner at their home.