Participating in research equips Bangladeshi women with valuable knowledge and skills

“I was in poverty, but I overcame it through my own will and with the help of the project,” Komola Roy says proudly.

A mother and housewife, Komola is one of 96 women across eight communities in southern Bangladesh who helped design and implement a research project to identify the best varieties of fish and feed for local fish farming conditions.

Catfish farming provides more than food for Cambodian families

Surrounded by lush rice fields on the banks of the Mekong River is the quiet village of Koh Khorndin in Cambodia’s Stung Treng province.

Home to around 100 families, the people of Koh Khorndin make a living from aquatic agricultural systems, catching wild fish from the river, and farming livestock, vegetables, rice and now, African catfish (Clarias gariepinus).

Giving women a voice in Ghana’s coastal resource management

For centuries the vibrant coastal communities of Ghana’s Western Region have relied on wild caught fish from the once fertile waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Today, fish remains a staple food for even the poorest in these communities and is critical to Ghana’s food security, with a national per capita fish consumption rate 44% higher than the global average.

However growing competition at sea, dwindling fish stocks and a lack of enforcement of fisheries laws, among other factors, have fuelled destructive and illegal fishing practices that have further depleted stocks.

Cyclone-resistant house provides food, income and shelter in Bangladesh

Cyclones frequently hit southern Bangladesh, where more than half the population lives in poverty, and are predicted to increase in both occurrence and severity with climate change.

What turns these cyclones, storm surges and floods into disasters is that families often lose not only their homes but also their sources of income and food, making it harder to recover.

More than three years after cyclone Aila struck the region on 25 May 2009, affecting more than 4 million people, 50,000 were still without adequate shelter, food and drinking water.

Theatre workshops help Egyptian women fish retailers lobby for their rights

Women fish retailers in Egypt are often forced to pay unofficial fees for their roadside market stalls. Exposure to the elements affects the women’s health and causes their produce to spoil, limiting their income. An interactive theatre project has helped boost the confidence and ability of these women to lobby their local government for retail licenses to protect their safety and rights as workers.

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