Food Loss and Waste in Fish Value Chains
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  • Supportive Policy Environment
  • Application of Appropriate Technology
  • Skills and Knowledge
  • Services and Infrastructure
  • Regulatory Environment
  • Social and Gender Equity
  • Markets

Equitable Social and Gender Environment for Urban Wholesale

Gender is important because men and women often perform different tasks within fish value chains and have different assets, skills, experience, knowledge and decision-making roles. However, the invisibility of women’s roles in official fisheries and aquaculture statistics, coupled with the negative impacts of gender-blind policies, leave women facing discrimination and marginalization within the sector. Modern small-scale fisheries using improved technologies (such as motor engines, modern navigation and communication equipment, and processing and cold storage facilities) and meeting international food safety standards can produce high-quality, high-value products for export markets. Attention needs to be given to equal access to productivity-enhancing innovations that improve the overall productivity and quality of products.

Fish landing sites and centres offer business opportunities for both women and men. Landing sites are places of trade where fish are sold and bought, providing and important link between production and markets. Non-gender bias policies and implementation processes are required to give equal access to productive inputs such as fish, credit, skills and knowledge, and market access so that both men and women can perform optimally in terms of producing and selling quality, food safe products and minimize food loss and waste (FLW).

Key Publications

Good Practice Policies to Eliminate Gender Inequalities in Fish Value Chains

This publication highlights key gender inequalities in fisheries and aquaculture value chains that lead to underperformance by women, and proposes good practice policies that can influence increases in production and processing of high-quality fish.

Gender and Development

Overview of role of gender in the work place and an introduction to an integrated approach to gender equality and decent work with a link to further resources.                                                                                                         

A Guide to Gender Sensitive Microfinance

Included is guidance for those involved in microfinance programmes to ensure consideration of socio-economic and gender issues when developing microfinance programmes, designing national policies, and disaggregating microfinance markets to learn more about clients.

More Resources

More Resources

This website provides information on how to support the achievement of the SDG.3 target on food waste and maximise the contribution of all actors.
Report on the SSFs in Africa and their relationship with existing institutional and governance arrangements. Case studies range from inland to marine, single to multi-species, East to West African, and artisanal to semi-industrial fisheries.
This report aims to increase awareness of the value women bring to the seafood industry, and to encourage business leaders and policymakers to consider women when developing a new project or a policy.