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Issue No:53
  • :March
  • :2017
  • :English

If the contextually relevant implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) is a challenge facing the small-scale fisheries sector, an even bigger challenge is the gender equitable implementation of the SSF Guidelines. For women in the sector, this will involve struggling at two levels: one, at the level of the household and the community, and the second, at the level of the State and other stakeholders. This issue focuses on this theme, and includes profile of women fishworkers from Ireland, Costa Rica, and India. Besides this, also covers initiatives for enhancing the capacities of women fishworkers in India and Tanzania. 


Study time

A study tour allows a group of women in Tanzania’s post-harvest fisheries to visit and learn from their counterparts in Kenya

By Ali Thani (alythani@mwambao.or.tz), and Lorna Slade (lornaslade@mwambao.or.tz), Mwambao Coastal Community Network, Tanzania

Lack of education and a lack of skills: these were the two issues that, in a workshop organized by the Mwambao Coastal Community Network in Tanzania back in 2015, women coastal East Africa had identified as the main barriers to value addition in post-harvest fisheries.

A year later, in order to address these challenges, Mwambao, which is a network linking coastal communities and other stakeholders in Tanzania, with support from the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), organized a study tour for women from nine districts in Tanzania—three from Zanzibar and the rest from mainland Tanzania. Accompanied by two facilitators from Mwambao and aided by the Kenyan NGO Community Action for Nature Conservation (CANCO), this group made a trip to Kenya in November 2016 to improve their knowled