March 8 is International Women’s Day and a key moment to celebrate the achievements of women across social, economic, cultural and political arenas. Progress to gender parity, the theme of this year’s event, is slow and so urgent action is needed. In the lead up to the day, WorldFish staff from Bangladesh, Egypt, Solomon Islands, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines and Penang pledge how they will help achieve gender equality in 2016 and beyond.
Ask Agnes Namukasa about sustainably managing fisheries in Kachanga, the lakeshore landing site she calls home in Uganda’s Masaka District, and you will soon learn about toilets. From her perspective, community members won’t address conflict between government enforcers and fishers, competition among neighboring villages, or pollution threatening aquatic ecosystems until they can first organize to address their most pressing daily needs.
Empowering and teaching women in developing countries to farm fish will go a long way to improving family nutrition and income, says Ranjitha Puskur senior policy advisor at WorldFish. Puskur delivered her presentation as part of the AgTalks series hosted by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). AgTalks presents the latest thinking, trends and research on policies and innovations in small-scale farming.