2017 GAF-India, November, Kochi, India

Gender in Aquaculture & Fisheries in India

Special Symposium at the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, Kochi, Kerala, India

21-24 November, 2017

Programme: First Announcement

The Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries in India (GAF-India) will be held as part of the 11th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, the premier event of the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch. India has a vibrant fisheries sector ranging from the very traditional to the large scale, with diverse value chains and with varying contributions of women and men to the sector. Women and gender studies grounded in Indian fisheries and aquaculture experiences have contributed significantly to global knowledge. A more intensive examination of Indian issues will have wide-ranging benefits in India, regionally and globally. The GAF-India event will engage with the themes of the IFAF, and suggest future priorities arising from its own gender themes. The format of the symposium will be organised under various topics, with each having oral and poster presentations.

In conjunction with GAF-India, an International Workshop on Challenges in the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small Scale Fisheries (SSFVG) of FAO in South Asia will be held. With the new Guidelines approved, the real challenges for the small scale fisheries sector now lie in how effectively the Guidelines can be implemented and ways and means to sensitize all stakeholders in the fisheries sector towards its overall goals. This one day workshop during GAF-India will bring this challenge into focus through experiential presentations from selected countries.

Those intending to present and/or attend GAF-India should register through the main 11IFAF system (www.11thifaf.in).

Registration: http://www.11thifaf.in/register.php

Abstract Submission: http://www.11thifaf.in/abstract.php

GAF-India will have: oral presentations and poster + oral summary presentations; special workshops and other events to be advised. The provisional thematic areas and events are as follows:

Sessions/Thematic Areas (for oral presentations/ poster + oral summary)
I Fostering women’s innovation in fisheries and aquaculture

  • Innovations by and for women
  • Women aquaculture entrepreneurs
  • Women in the seafood industry, including processing
II Gendered impacts of fisheries management measures, e.g., annual marine fisheries closures
III Gendered impacts of market changes in the fisheries sector
IV Climate change, disaster preparedness and resilience
V Women in aquaculture and fisheries R&D Institutions: opportunities and challenges – Research, Extension, Development Departments etc.
VI Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture Policies and Programmes
International Workshop (proposed)
Challenges in the Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Small Scale Fisheries (SSF-VG) of FAO in South Asia
Photo contest
Picturing Gender Equity in Indian Aquaculture and Fisheries

Photographs must be submitted online only. Website links for uploading the photos will be announced in due course.


  • A good photograph on any activity, issue, event in relation to the topic
  • An apt caption
  • Name and full affiliation of the photographer
  • jpg format, 300 dpi resolution, about 6-8 MB
  • Consent for use by GAFS/AFS in future in any form, with acknowledgement