Towards Gender-Equitable Small-Scale Fisheries Governance and Development

A Handbook

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This manual aims at providing practical guidance on how to achieve gender-equitable small-scale fisheries in the context of the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Women play a key role, in particular in post-harvest activities relating to processing, marketing and trade, but their role remains undervalued. Within the broader context of the FAO Blue Growth Initiative, this publication therefore contributes to SP 1 Outcome 101 - Member countries and their development partners make explicit political commitments in the form of policies, investment plans, programmes, legal frameworks and the allocation of necessary resources to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. The target audience for this manual is twofold: (i) policy makers/public administrations working on small-scale fisheries will be informed about ways to ensure gender-sensitive policies, investments and small-scale fisheries sector support, (ii) CSOs/Fisheries organizations will receive guidance on how to actively support the empowerment of women in small-scale fisheries.



Women in small-scale fisheries

It is estimated that 98 percent of all fishers and fish farmers live in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Together, they produce more than half of the world’s annual marine fish, and supply most of the fish consumed in the developing world (Berkes et al., 2001). Out of this, women make up an estimated 47 percent of workers, accounting for around 56 million jobs along the fisheries supply chain, primarily in post-harvest activities like processing and trading (World Bank, 2012).


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