Enhancing livelihoods while governing marine resources in Pacific Island countries

Poverty, vulnerability and inequality persist in many sectors of Pacific Island society. Women, men and youth often have limited opportunities to improve wellbeing outside of natural resource exploitation and, in many cases, current livelihoods do not offer a pathway out of poverty and food insecurity. This project implements a participatory livelihoods enhancement approach with community groups in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste, where visions and enhancement pathways are co-developed into action plans. These plans are then implemented and refined through cycles of action and reflection. The project aims to enhance fishers’ livelihoods and use insights from the process to develop methodology for service delivery to support local livelihoods in Pacific Island communities.

Gill nets boost women’s involvement in aquaculture in Bangladesh

In poor households in Bangladesh, women participate in aquaculture much less than men. To increase women’s involvement, the USAID-funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition project has introduced gill nets, which enable women to quickly and easily harvest small fish from their household pond. This has helped increase households' access to and consumption of fish.   

A Gendered Value Chain Analysis of Post Harvest Losses in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia

Do women or men in the Barotse floodplain in Zambia experience higher post harvest fish losses? Why? And what’s the impact – both financially and physically to the fish? The answers to these questions, shown in this presentation, are helping WorldFish design and test appropriate innovations, including ways to overcome harmful norms, behaviours and power relations in the post harvest losses context.

Women's empowerment in aquaculture: Case studies from Bangladesh

Studies show that gender gaps in access to agricultural assets and resources undermines agricultural performance. Understanding these gender equalities, their underlying factors, and strategies for and factors contributing to women’s empowerment, is needed to help design appropriate interventions. This presentation shows the results of a study in Bangladesh that looked at these factors to further understand how women are empowered or disempowered by their engagement in aquaculture.

Savings and lending promotes gender equity in Zambia

In Barotse floodplain, savings and internal lending communities (SILC) enable smallholder farmers, especially women, to borrow money to invest in agriculture or other productive activities. The CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agriculture Systems is embedding a gender-transformative approach within SILC by having trained facilitators discuss gender-related issues at group meetings. Research shows this approach is helping improve income and opportunity.

Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research in Bangladesh (mSTAR)

The Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) project, funded by USAID and implemented by FHI 360, aims to increase peoples’ knowledge on mobile technology among the poor, civil society, local government institutions and private-sector stakeholders. Through a grant provided by mSTAR, the USAID Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) project is piloting the use of mobile financial services in southwest Bangladesh. The people living in remote areas of Bangladesh, who have no access to traditional banks, are experiencing a new way of receiving money, saving and paying instantly. The project focuses on women farmers to increase their access to agriculture services. Local capacity building, awareness raising, technical assistance and sustainability are key activities in this project.

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