The decentralized nature of small-scale fisheries tends to create conditions for extensive post-harvest activities. These provide substantial employment and household food security (locally, regionally and internationally) and help keep resource rent in fishing communities (including the poor) rather than passing through the hands of a few intermediaries, within or outside communities.
Women – important players
A significant number of women are involved in small-scale fisheries activities, (e.g. in China women account for 26.3 percent of the rural labour force in fisheries) and their role is often different from that of men. In some societies, women are involved in processing and marketing, catching and gathering for household nutrition (on a year-round basis as opposed to seasonal inputs from men) and, increasingly, in fishing as the number of single parent households increases. There is clearly an opportunity to assist women’s well-being and development needs in many developing countries through a renewed research support for the post-harvest chain.