Pertes et gaspillages de nourriture dans les chaînes de valeur de la pêche et de l’aquaculture
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Equitable Social and Gender Environment for Processing Plants

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. 

Fish processing factories provide wage labour opportunities for women. Growing international concern about labour exploitation – especially through the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement, spurred by consumers – is putting pressure on governments, and employers’ and workers’ organizations, to set standards and agree on codes of conduct, and to enforce them. One positive result of the rising power of large national and international retailers and restaurant chains is the imposition of more rigorous health and safety, environmental and social responsibility standards.

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 under performance by women, and proposes good practice policies that can influence increases in production and processing of high-quality fish.

Food Waste – What Do Women Have to Do with It?

This article highlights the importance of gender differences in the causes and consequences of food waste, and discusses how mitigation efforts should incorporate a gender analysis to work towards food justice for all.

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.

More Resources

More Resources

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