Pertes et gaspillages de nourriture dans les chaînes de valeur de la pêche et de l’aquaculture
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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 Artisanal Fish Drying

Many dried fish processors in developing countries are women. They often work in environments which lack the services and infrastructure that enable them to invest in and implement best practices. Specific, targeted, gender focused interventions are required for this often vulnerable stakeholder group.  

In West Africa, it is traditional for women to process and market fish. While women are often forbidden from going fishing, they derive substantial status and income for their households from processing activities. Women, such as these, in a developing country context, require appropriate technology and gender sensitive services to be easily accessible to them so they can also carry out other activities such as childcare, cooking, and gardening. The location of technology, such as drying racks, is important in terms of gender. For example, as women often combine domestic work and child care with fish processing, the use of drying racks will be encouraged if the racks are near to women’s homes. 

Key Publications

How Simple Raised Racks Have Curbed Fish Losses and Changed the Landscape Along Lake Tanganyika in Burundi

Improvements of fish drying racks in Burundi are detailed and benefits discussed.

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.

Fish Handling, Quality and Processing: Training and Community Trainers Manual

This document includes information related to food law implementation.

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