WorldFish researches strategies that influence social norms and bridge the gaps in access to, and control of, agricultural resources to promote gender equality and economic development.

In developing countries, women are farmers, workers and entrepreneurs, but they generally face more severe constraints than men in accessing productive resources, markets and services. Closing this gender gap in aquaculture and fisheries systems is central to achieving the goal of gender equality, and vital to boosting agricultural production, reducing poverty and hunger, and enhancing nutrition security.

To achieve these outcomes, WorldFish proactively contributes to gender responsiveness, inclusion, and equity in innovation processes, resource governance and development decisions.

In close consultation with local communities, our gender research aims to identify:

  • enabling factors to enhance women’s control over productive assets and resources (including land, ponds, financing, technologies and information)
  • opportunities for women’s successful wealth generation through entrepreneurship and employment in fish value chains
  • strategies to enhance women’s equitable participation in household and community decisions about SSF management and food distribution
  • how aquaculture technologies fit with women’s needs and preferences
  • strategies to influence formal and informal gender rules, norms and behaviors that shape all the preceding towards gender equality, including the effective engagement of men and boys together with women and girls in gender-transformative strategies.

Program impact by 2022

  Why gender equality matters in fisheries
and aquaculture


Enabling women to fully engage in and benefit from small-scale fisheries and aquaculture can boost production, reduce poverty and enhance nutrition security in developing countries.

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WorldFish’s contribution to the SDGs

As an international non-profit research organization committed to reducing poverty and hunger, WorldFish seeks to maximize the health,  social and economic impact of our work.