La pérdida y el desperdicio de alimentos en las cadenas de valor del pescado
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Equitable Social and Gender Environment for Handling After Harvest

Both men and women are involved in harvesting and handling of fish produced by aquaculture. It is estimated that 70% of those involved in aquaculture in Asia are women. 

The quality of fish after harvest also has important implications for food loss and waste (FLW) and value throughout the remainder of the value chain. Value chains also include processors and marketers of seafood and workers, many of whom are women. Fish farms that supply fish to many developed country value chains that include post harvest activities undertaken by women such as processing and trading. Hence, what happens in terms of harvesting and handling at farm level will have implications for FLW for both men and women further down the value chain. 

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.

The Role of Women in the Seafood Industry

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.

Handling, Processing, and Marketing of Aquaculture Products

This paper describes the role of women in the handling, processing, and marketing of aquaculture products, and relies heavily on studies of women in processing and marketing in general, and of fish in particular.

More Resources

More Resources

One of the major issues prevailing in the fisheries and aquaculture industry in Sri Lanka is the high loss and waste of fish, and it has become necessary to introduce strategies aimed at preventing and...
In Africa, food loss occurs in most, if not all, small-scale fish supply chains, and constitutes not only lost income to fishers, processors, and traders, but also contributes to food insecurity and malnutrition because a...
In order to support long-term capacity building for women, the SSF Umbrella Programme conducted a review to identify successfully adopted post-harvest best practices that should be disseminated more widely to help reduce fish loss and...