“What have you done with these women – they have changed!”

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Dave Mills, a senior researcher at WorldFish, was describing the outcomes of a project on governance reform with small-scale fishers in Ghana. This project had empowered women in the community by working to build confidence, capacity, and vision among women to engage in decision-making and by helping challenge underlying and oppressive attitudes towards them. Dave recounted how, at a project review meeting, the village chief proudly exclaimed “What have you done with these women – they have changed!”

Africa Rising?

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Woman prepares vegetables as part of ensuring a balanced diet for the family. Photo by Felix Clay/Duckrabbit

I was struck this week by an article on Devex highlighting how the popular narrative about Africa’s growth is being challenged. The article points out that, despite national-level economic growth in many African countries, the benefits of that growth are failing to trickle down sufficiently; when two in five Africans surveyed say that they are unable to meet their basic needs and are food insecure, such a conclusion is hard to argue with.

Risky business and something we can do about it

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Recommended publications The role of farmed fish in the diets of the resource-poor in Egypt Value-chain analysis of Egyptian aquaculture If we are to meet the world’s demand and need for fish, aquaculture production must rise. But for this to happen at scale, greater private sector investment will be needed, especially to support the growth of small and medium scale … Read More