Women in Aquaculture and Fisheries

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The fish you cook and eat arrives in your wok, in your cooking pot and on your plate or table thanks to the efforts of many women and men working along the value chain from the sea, the lake, pond or cage through to the market kitchen and restaurant. Yet, fishing and fisheries has long been pictured as mainly the domain of men. Since 1998, the Asian Fisheries Society has explored the roles of women and the importance of gender analysis in fisheries and aquaculture through a series of global Symposia. The Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook presents a rich compilation of experiences, some of them ongoing, in which agricultural projects have incorporated gender-related components or adapted their operations to allow for gender variables and engage issues that affect men and women differently. It was produced jointly by the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), drawing from the operations of these three agencies. It was released on October 8, 2008. The Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook describes the very often great practical consequences for the respective potentials of women and men as agricultural producers. The experiences chronicled capture a rich blend of hopeful innovations and cautionary lessons about the importance of avoiding the pitfalls of “gender-neutral” operations in areas in which gender issues are a salient variable in agricultural production – namely in the large majority of rural settings in low-income countries where agriculture remains a major engine of economic growth. Other lessons emerge from projects in middle income developing countries.

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