GENDER storytelling

Fish cage technology in Western Kenya brings women into the fishing space

A-woman-feeding-fish-in-thier-cage-at-Mulukoba-Beach-in-Busia-County.-1 Photo: Robert Mala.

In early 2023, the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform ran a series of virtual training modules for science communicators on how to develop and pitch stories on agricultural technologies that work for women.

The story below was produced by Robert Malala and originally published by Nyota TV as a result of this training. Enjoy!

Fish cage farming in western Kenya has challenged the belief that fishing is an activity only for men, and brought women to the forefront of the industry.

In the past decades, fishing has been the main economic activity for residents from counties bordering Lake Victoria in western Kenya, including Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay and Migori, but only men were involved.

Traditional fishing methods were too heavy duty for women, and risks, including attack from dangerous aquatic creatures and fear of being arrested and tortured by defense officers from neighboring countries, dissuaded women from getting involved.

In this story, published by Nyota TV, Robert Malala highlights how fish cage technology is bringing women into the fishing space in Western Kenya.

Watch full story here.

A woman explains how fish cage farming allows women to join the fishing industry by lowering risks to their health and safety. Credit: NYOTA TV.


Disclaimer: This story has not been reviewed by the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform; the views expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Platform.