Gender Transformative Research: An Imperative

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The AAS program will address underlying gender norms such as discrimination and inequality down the value chains. Barotse floodplain, Zambia. Photo by Georgina Smith, 2012.

I believe a gender transformative approach is key if WorldFish is to achieve the development impacts it is looking for – but what is it and how will it affect our organizational culture?

I was recently asked by a member of WorldFish staff if I would share on film why we have placed a gender transformative approach at the center of our efforts to achieve development impact. Of course, that was something I was happy to do, and I think we did a reasonable job of explaining why our choice of approach to gender matters.

The Power of Indigenous Leadership

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Barotse Floodplain from the sky, Zambia. Photo by Stephen Hall, 2012.

“Ensuring local ownership through genuine partnership with local communities and ensuring the participation of women – two of the principal keys to success”

Christine Sililo has the elegance of the late Princess Diana and the astuteness of Hilary Clinton – not the kind of inhabitant that immediately springs to mind in a place where 83% of people are in poverty and 53% of children are stunted. But the Barotse floodplain in Zambia is just such a place and it is where you will find Christine and her family.

Fish and nutrition – not all fish are created equal

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Drying Omena, Lake Victoria. Photo credit Patrick Dugan

It might surprise you to learn that fish are more similar to fruit and vegetables than they are to poultry, cattle, or any of the other animals we eat. At least, they are if you think about the variety of shapes and sizes that fish and fruits and vegetables come in. As foods though, the more important similarity is that these various types differ widely in the nutrition they offer. So as with fruit and vegetables, while admonitions to eat more fish are often heard, exactly what kind of fish you eat matters – especially if you are malnourished.