Women in aquaculture

Following on from a posting back in August 2005, gender issues in aquaculture, it’s clear women are playing a strong role in aquaculture. Australian Women in Agriculture have a link to Mary Nenke, the Manager/Proprietor of Cambinata Yabbies; and from another source, Milada Safarik is one of the principals of Aquabait, a company involved in the farming of marine worms for the fishing bait industry.

The FAO report on a workshop on Women in Aquaculture held in Rome in 1987.

The Assessment of Women Achievers in Aquaculture Workshop was held in 2004, in Charente-Maritime (Rochefort – near La Rochelle), France with the financial support of the Directorate-General Fisheries of the European Commission.

Despite these initiatives, conditions in the Third World are as challenging as ever. A. Shaleesha and V. A. Stanley report in Involvement of Rural Women in Aquaculture: An Innovative Approach that although women have proved to be competent in adopting new aquaculture technologies, their role is very much restricted and often ignored. One of the major reasons is the location of aquaculture sites and several sociocultural taboos against women who strive to earn for their family’s subsistence in rural areas. There is a gender bias in many aquaculture activities. To ensure that women utilize their full potential in profitable activities like aquaculture, it is necessary to provide capacity building support to rural women, which will eventually lead to their empowerment. In countries like India, the technology provided to women must take into account cultural aspects. One such project Рbackyard ornamental fish breeding and management Рhas been found to offer immense scope for improving the livelihood of rural women. This paper gives some practical tips for dissemination of technology in the rural sector, particularly to rural women.

An excellent case study on how seaweed farming helps women in Tanzania outlines how quite simple efforts can make a positive impact in household incomes and become literally life changing.


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