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For International Women’s Day: a look at the crucial role of women in fisheries

A recent post from the Blue Growth Blog, run by FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, marked the occasion of International Women’s Day with a look at FAO project work in West Africa, where strengthening women’s role throughout the entire fish value chain is of key importance.


Fisheries and aquaculture is an excellent example of a sector where women play a key role, but where their crucial contribution is too often overlooked. Through the Global Environment Facility’s Coastal Fisheries Initiative, FAO is working in Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, to address this issue and to position women firmly within discussions and actions designed to strengthen the sector.

“We will be working with women’s groups so that they can negotiate directly with the hotels and set up direct supply chains for locally caught seafood products,” notes Joseph Catanzano, a consultant for FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture, who has been working extensively in Cabo Verde through the Coastal Fisheries Initiative. 

“By linking fishing, ecotourism and local culinary traditions, we can strengthen Blue Growth development and the position of women working in the fisheries sector – something we believe will benefit both locals and the tourists who visit these islands.”

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