Access to innovative fish processing technology empowers women in Malawi

Walking up and down the shore of Lake Chilwa in Malawi selling cooked cassava and fritters was once a typical working day for 30-year-old Ida Likhomo.

Like many women, social pressures forced Ida to leave primary school after just two years. With an incomplete education, there was no opportunity for her to find stable employment and her only hope was marriage. With six children, life has not been easy for Ida and her family with a constant struggle for food and income.

Iceboxes help women fish retailers find profits

 Iceboxes help them keep their fish fresh in the market, allowing them to sell more stock each day.

The iceboxes were supplied by WorldFish and CARE Egypt as part of the larger “Improving Employment and Income through Development of Egypt’s Aquaculture Sector” (IEIDEAS) project that supports women retailers who sell fish in rural markets or at the road-side.

Without ice to keep their fish in good condition throughout the day, many women find they have to discard the last few kilograms of their stock at the end of the day due to exposure to heat and dust.

New skills changed Lalita's life

For one Bangladeshi woman, a new set of skills designed to enhance and complement traditional fish farming has helped lift a family out of poverty.

Lalita Bala is learning music from a professional singer; a long-held desire that not too long ago seemed like an impossible dream. The daughter of a poor farmer, Lalita was married when she was 15.  Now 25 years old, she is the mother of a five-year-old child and a successful shrimp farmer.

Shahnaz is a role model for rural women in fish culture

Fish farmers and entrepreneurs in Bangladesh have been farming multiple fish species, in order to maximize their production and profits. Tilapia is a prime candidate and extensive tilapia farming in Bangladesh has developed with the introduction by WorldFish of the improved Oreochromis niloticus, know as the Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) strain, over two decades ago.

While Shanaz was engaged in household activities and social work, her husband used traditional methods of raising Indian carp in their pond. She had very little involvement in the household fish farming.

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