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IIFET-2018 – Bringing Gender Discourse into Fisheries Economics and Trade: New Challenges and Opportunities

Fish supply chains are characterised by many work, ownership and power relations that are segregated along gender lines. Despite the fact that women perform important activities all along the fisheries and aquaculture value chains, gendered economic analyses have been almost totally missing in economics research relevant to fish production, governance, markets and trade. What improvements in research and policy advice would arise if gender was incorporated into fisheries economics?

Woman mending aquaculture cage net, Lake Volta, Ghana.

The International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) is highlighting gender in its economics and trade research themes by encouraging the presentation and discussion of rigorous research that is quantitative and based on sound economic and gender theory and methodologies.

The Special Session – Bringing Gender Discourse into Fisheries Economics and Trade: New Challenges and Opportunities – will be held at the 2018 Conference of IIFET, July 16-20, 2018, Seattle, USA.

Here is some important information on the Special Session which will comprise mainly contributed papers and presentations. Abstracts are due by 21 February 2018 (original deadline extended by 1 week), and, for those presenters wishing to compete for the Rosemary Firth Best Paper Prize, an advance paper by the 4th of April 2018. Full details are given below and on the IIFET website.

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Bringing Gender Discourse into Fisheries Economics and Trade. Gender Economics

Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture: New Challenges and Opportunities

19th International Biennial Conference of  International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET)-2018

On the campus of the University of Washington,  Seattle, Washington, USA

 An open session entitled “Bringing Gender Discourse into Fisheries Economics and Trade. Gender Economics Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture: New Challenges and Opportunities” has been accepted in the 19th International Biennial Conference of International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET)-2018 to be held on the campus of the University of Washington, in the “Emerald City”: Seattle, Washington, USA.

The session will be mainly comprised of contributed papers and presentations, with the requirement that only those presenters who provide an advance paper by the 4th of April 2018 will be considered for the Rosemary Firth Best Paper Prize  (Best Paper Prizes information). The prize consists of a $500 check, a stipend of up to $2,500 to cover airfare and lodging, and free conference registration (Rosemary Firth Best Paper Prize details).

In 1963, Che’ Yoh and Rosemary Firth discuss qualities and uses of pandanus leaves, Malaysia.

At the Special Session, the winner of the Rosemary Firth Prize will present the Inaugural Rosemary Firth Address, named after British Sociologist Rosemary Firth (1912-2001) who wrote the 1941 (1966) volume “Housekeeping among Malay Peasants,” tracking the household economics of traditional fishing communities in east coast Malaysia.

Objectives of this session are as follows:

  • To mainstream gender components in economics and trade research through quantitative and qualitative economic and gender methodologies.
  • To discuss how economic research can be applied to address questions on gender in aquaculture and fisheries

Suggested topics and their links to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are relevant to the gender session:

  • Concepts, methodologies and data for gender economics research. Quantitative and qualitative economics research on gender in fisheries/aquaculture/trade.
  • Measuring women’s empowerment in fisheries and aquaculture: assets, time use, agency; indicators of equality [SDGs #5, 8, VG-SSF].
  • Household production: how households are organized for aquaculture and fisheries production, the impacts of household production on gender equality and women’s empowerment [SDGs #5, 8].
  • Industrial organization: gender in markets; gender and fish market prices; gender in econometric models; input prices and gender, e.g., through unpaid or poorly paid work; gender and migrants; gender differences across scales of value chains [SDGs #5, 8].
  • Fisheries management and overfishing: gender and fisheries management, women’s unpaid or paid work in other sectors as subsidies to overfishing [SDGs #5, 14].
  • Gender economics and social policies – economic inequality, employment market, welfare, empowerment, access and control of resources, property rights, policies, law etc.
  • Gender and globalization – migration, crises, war, climate change, market dynamism, access, value chains, availability and affordability to nutritious food, market access, quality management, blue economy, and
  • Gender and culture – representation, barriers to entry, issues of successors, education and training, entrepreneurship.

The organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of topics relevant to the objectives. We encourage all to participate in this session by way of sending abstracts (250 words) before 14th February 2018.

All instructions of how to upload your abstract can be found at the IIFET web page: IIFET-2018

Tip for preparing a good abstract: We encourage intending presenters to have your abstracts and papers read and critiqued by a respected colleague or mentor as a means to help improve its quality.

Session Team Members

  • Meryl Williams
  • Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Arpita Sharma, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India
  • Shyam Sainulabdeen Salim, ICAR- Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Cochin, India
  • Achini De Silva, Sabaragamuwa University
  • Kate Barclay, University of Technology Sydney

GAF-India Prizes and Launch of GAF Section at 11IFAF

GAF-India was held in Kochi, Kerala, India from 21-24 November 2017. Previously, the prize winners of the M.C. Nandeesha Photo Competition were announced (link). Now we are happy to announce the student prize winners for GAF-India presentations and posters, and the winner of the first Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch Prof. M.C. Nandeesha Gender Justice and Equality Award.

See photos and details of all the prize winners here.

Winner of First Prize, Best Student Presentation at GAF-India, B.M.R.L. Basnayake, receiving her prize from Dr J.K. Jena, President of Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch and Asian Fisheries Society, at the closing ceremony 11IFAF, 24 November 2017, Kochi, India.

BEST STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

1st Prize: B.M.R.L. Basnayake and D..M. De Silva – “Gendered Timeline of the Market Landscape of the Fisheries Industry in Sri Lanka.”

2nd Prize: Asha S. Karunaratne, I.C. Hettiarachchi and D.A.M. De Silva – “Gender Sensitive Value Chain Selection: Fish, Banana and Cinnamon, Which Provide Best Opportunities for Women?”

BEST STUDENT POSTERS

1st Prize: Mrudula, K.M., P.K. Sajeenamol, Jiswin Joseph, M.V. Neelima, Bindu J., S Sreejith, Sajesh, V.K., and Nikita Gopal– “Traditional Fish Recipes of Fisher Households and Their Significance.”

2nd Prize: Manju Lekshmi N., Archana G., Saly N. Thomas and Leela Edwin – “Rural Women Participation in Pre and Post-Harvest Operations of Stakenet (Estuarine Set Bag) along Aroor Fishing Village, Alappuzha, Kerala.”

ASIAN FISHERIES SOCIETY INDIAN BRANCH: PROF. M.C. NANDEESHA GENDER JUSTICE & EQUALITY AWARD 2017

Dr Meryl J Williams, Honorary Life Member, Asian Fisheries Society, “In recognition of her pioneering and sustaining efforts towards drawing international attention and developing impacting interventions in  gender justice and equality in the Asian Aquaculture and Fisheries sector.”

Results of M.C. Nandeesha Photo Competition announced in Kochi

22 November 2017

The winners of the three prizes for the M.C. Nandeesha Photo Competition were announced in Kochi during the GAF-India event at the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum. Judged by online voting and a panel of 4 members of the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section, in addition to the prizes, 5 Highly Commended entries were named.

We thank all the entrants whose wonderful photos made the judges and voters jobs very difficult. Congratulations to the 3 winners and those whose photos were Highly Commended.

Here are all the results. Visit the competition page to see all the photos.

FIRST PRIZE 002. Women participate in fish harvesting (From aquaculture pond Tripura, India). Photo: Vikash Kumar, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal

First Prize: Vikash Kumar, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CIFRI), Barrackpore, Kolkata, India.

002. Women participation in fish harvesting (From aquaculture pond Tripura, India)

Second Prize: Ranjan Manna, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, India.

 010. Equal contributor: Catching fish using gill net from a river in Indian Sundarban

Third Prize: Deepjyoti Baruah, Senior Scientist, ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.

 044. Women in Assam fishing for food security

Highly Commended: Pradip Kumar Mahato, Graphic artist, India.

 058. Mending Lives Together. Description: The photo was taken at a fishing harbour in West Bengal, India, where men and women were found sharing responsibilities in mending fishing nets.

Highly Commended: Tabrez Nasar, Dean, Institute of Livelihood Research and Training, India.

 004. Male entrepreneurs from Meghalaya learning from women entrepreneurs in Jharkhand, India.

Highly Commended: Renju Ravi, Marketing Assistant, National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training (NIFPHATT), Foreshore Road, Ernakulam, Kerala, India.

025. More than equality, striving for a livelihood

Highly Commended: Suvra Roy, Scientist, ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, India.

 003. Women participation in sorting and grading of fishes after catch (from coastal region of Sundarbans)

Highly Commended: Neelkanth Mishra, CEO, Centre for Aquatic Livelihood -Jaljeevika, Pune, India.

020. Netting Destiny: Hidden faces of women in fisheries

Videos capture women in action in the seafood sector

The results of the Women in Seafood video competition are now out and all the videos can be viewed through this WSI website link.

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Click this link to go to the interactive map and open the videos. The videos are interesting, often inspiring, and all are short and to the point, ranging from 2 to 5 minutes.

Congratulations to the competition winner Carmen Pedroza-Gutiérrez for her video, “The Women of Petatán,” a very thoughtful set of interviews with women fish filleters as they worked on processing piles of fish to prepare them for the market. The video was made in Petatán , Michoacán, Mexico.

Other videos were:

Women’s voices, gender equity champions and a gender lens all matter – converging messages from GAF6

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A Thai woman gets ready to process threadfin salmon for the market. Photo: Supaporn Anuchiracheeva, the Small-scale Fishers and Organic Fisheries Products Project.

In bold outline, the take home messages from the GAF6 full report – Engendering Security in Fisheries and Aquaculture – converge on the following: women’s voices and gender equity champions  can make a real difference; and a gender lens lets us see inequalities and how to remedy them. These points were woven through the 68 rich and varied presentations, panels, posters and workshops of GAF6. Read the full report here, see the take home messages below.

  • Participants were urged to focus on gender relationships, not simply roles, and on intersectionality, as women’s and men’s lives were interconnected and gender interacted with other systems in society, e.g., cultural, political and economic structures.
  • The 2014 Small-Scale Fisheries Voluntary Guidelines are opening up new policy space on gender equality. Yet, in implementing the Guidelines, women have been deterred from taking part in decision-making, are invisible in most fisheries statistics and their interests excluded from national policies – unless NGOs and women’s groups have advocated for inclusion. Even when women’s needs are recognized, money and expertise may not have been allocated. In a hopeful sign, some recent projects are committed to gender equality.
  • Aquaculture is gendered. Gender roles and relationships in aquaculture follow typical social patterns of ownership, rights and power. Unless they break out as entrepreneurs, women are positioned in small-scale, near-home, and low technology aquaculture, or as low-paid labour in medium and industrial scale operations. Nevertheless, small-scale household aquaculture can fulfill important subsistence roles and be improved to better satisfy food security and nutrition.
  • A persistent thread on fair livelihoods in fish value chains was that gender equality and equity must be fought for, and protected by active measures, rather than expecting it to happen through a sense of natural justice.
  • Using a gender lens brings deeper understanding of climate and disaster adaptation. Flexibility, versatility and agency are keys to people’s resilience. Gender-blind efforts to help people adapt should always be challenged.
  • Real progress in securing gender equality will not be achieved unless social norms are transformed.

Read the whole GAF6 report here – Link

GAF6: Celebrating the Event and the Prize Winners

 We are delighted to publish the names of the GAF6 prize winners, as announced on 6 August at the Closing Plenary Session of the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum in Bangkok, Thailand (see also our page with a brief overview of GAF6 and the announcement of the winners). Congratulations to all the prize winners!
The winners are (top row, left to right) Afrina Choudhury, Alexander Kaminski, Mary P. Barby Badayos-Jover; (bottom row left to right) Anindya Indra Putri, Khamnuan Kheuntha amd Benedict Mark Carmelita.

The winning presenters are (top row, left to right) Afrina Choudhury, Alexander Kaminski, Mary P. Barby Badayos-Jover; (bottom row left to right) Anindya Indra Putri, Khamnuan Kheuntha amd Benedict Mark Carmelita.

GAF6 M.C. Nandeesha Best Presentation Award

  • Afrina Choudhury: “Women’s empowerment in aquaculture: Case studies from Bangladesh”

GAF6 Highly Commended Presentations

  • Alexander Kaminski: “A gendered value chain analysis of post-harvest losses in Barotse Floodplain, Zambia”
  • Mary Barby P. Badayos-Jover: “Security in adversity: coastal women’s agency in the aftermath of Haiyan”

GAF6 Student Presentation Awards

  • Khamnuan Kheuntha: “The adaptability to shock in small-scale fishing community: case studies Bang Ya Preok sub-district, Samut Sakorn Province”
  • Anindya Indira Putri: “The survival story of wife in securing household’s economy in fishing community of Pemalang Regency – Indonesia”

11AFAF Student Poster Award, Gender

  • Benedict Mark Carmelita: “Attitude Towards Mariculture Among Men and Women in Mariculture Areas in the Philippines”

Learn more on the GAF6 outcomes here and here.

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IIFET-2016: In the footsteps of Rosemary Firth

 

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In 1963, Che’ Yoh and Rosemary Firth discuss qualities and uses of pandanus leaves, Malaysia. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/RosemaryFirth/

At the 2016 biennial conference of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), to be held in Aberdeen 12-15 July, a Special Session on gender will be held. Entitled  Gender Research as a New Frontier in Fisheries and Aquaculture Economics: In the Footsteps of Rosemary Firththe session aims to engage IIFET members in discussion on how economics research can be applied to address questions on gender in aquaculture and fisheries, with an early emphasis on the challenges of gathering relevant data.

The Special Session has attracted a strong set of presentations (please see the draft programme) and is also being supported by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (USA) and the World Bank.

Who was Rosemary Firth? Rosemary Firth (1912-2001) was a British social anthropologist who specialised in the field of domestic economy. She wrote the 1941 (1966) volume Housekeeping among Malay Peasants, tracking in detail the household economics of traditional fishing communities in east coast Malaysia, a companion volume to that by her husband, Raymond Firth, Malay Fishermen: Their Peasant Economy. The 1966 volume of her book gave an account of changes she observed in the 23 years between study visits, and prescient views on the impacts of modernisation on traditional fishing communities.