Improving livelihoods and gender relations in the Barotse Floodplain fishery, Zambia

In the Barotse Floodplain in Zambia, where rates of poverty and hunger are high, fishing is an important source of food and income for the region.

But around one-third of the region’s total fish catch is lost every year. WorldFish research shows these fish losses affect female and male fishers, processers and traders in different ways, with women processors experiencing higher post-harvest fish losses and getting less returns on their financial investments than men.

From local to global: How research enables resilient and sustainable small-scale fisheries

Small-scale capture fisheries—where fishers operating from the shore or small fishing vessels use simple methods to catch fish from inland or coastal waters—are an often irreplaceable source of nutrition and income in the developing world. Ensuring the sustainability of these fisheries will require coordinated, multi-scale and research-backed governance of ocean and inland aquatic systems that balance the needs and interests of all users.

Emergency Response in Philippines: Yolanda Response and Recovery Project (Option 3 - Aquaculture and Fisheries)

In 2013, super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck the Philippines. In the worst affected provinces of Leyte and Samar, over 5,500 people died and more than 1,700 people went missing. Shelters and property were washed out; and farming and fishing livelihoods were destroyed. This Catholic Relief Services (CRS) funded project focused on fisheries and aquaculture livelihood assistance for selected affected families by providing field-based technical training, funding support, and guidance. Participants received training in one of six livelihood options of their choice: blue swimming crab, tilapia, group, mud crab, seaweed or milkfish aquaculture.

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.


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