FAO Fisheries Report No. 724
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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
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Villareal, L.V.; Upare, M.A.
In most societies, as in India, small-scale fishing and fish farming households are considered to be one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Microfinance programmes are seen as a means for these households to gain access to much-needed credit services that are appropriate for their needs. Moreover, because women comprise a significant proportion of such households, microfinance should also serve as an effective tool to assist and empower women in fishing communities.
It is in this context that the national workshop was organized. The main workshop objective was to analyse and document recent experiences with microfinance programmes in support of women and poverty alleviation in coastal fishing communities in India and to draw conclusions with regard to best practices in this field. The workshop also aimed to provide guidance to financial institutions, governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in fisheries development, fishermen's and women's associations, donors and other stakeholders for the future development of microfinance programmes and other necessary support services.
The workshop was organized by FAO, in cooperation with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) as the host organization. It was a follow-up to the recommendations of the recently concluded Regional Workshop on Microfinance Programmes in Support of Responsible Aquaculture and Marine Capture Fisheries in Asia, held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in December 2002.
The workshop, while highlighting best practices in financial support for women in fishing communities, had a broader and multidimensional perspective. As such, the presentations, discussions and recommendations were not only limited to financial support but also covered the following important thematic areas: government policies and initiatives, research, technology development, appropriate support services and other financial support and interventions for the sector. Thirty-nine senior representatives of central and state fisheries administrations, financial institutions, fisheries research, academe, training institutions and foundations, fishermen's and women's associations and an intergovernmental organization participated in the workshop.
Preparation of this document
Acronyms and abbreviations
2. SUMMARY OF WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS
2.1 Opening ceremony
2.2 Technical sessions
2.3 Closing ceremony
3. BEST PRACTICES AND SUCCESS STORIES IN MICROFINANCE AND INCOME-GENERATING PROGRAMMES FOR WOMEN IN FISHING COMMUNITIES
3.1 SHG-bank linkage programmes: the NABARD experience
3.2 Community-based appropriate technology backed up by credit assistance: the experience of research and extension institutes
3.3 Integrating women into the SIFFS microcredit programme: some lessons and insights
4. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE DIRECTIONS
4.1 Policy changes and interventions
4.2 Identification of appropriate technologies, income-generating activities and microenterprises
4.3 Financial support
I. List of participants
III. List of papers
IV. NABARD's microfinance initiatives for women in fishing communities
V. Gender in marine fisheries: some reflections
VI. Credit assistance to fisherwomen: the FWWB experience
VII. Appropriate technologies for women in fishing communities in India
Cover photograph: FAO/19580/G. Bizzarri
Women at the Madras fish market pause to rest in the shade
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