CGIAR Gender News

Gender-inclusive innovations for aquatic food systems transformation

Weighing a fish Photo: WorldFish

Growing evidence points to gender equality playing a key role in aquatic food systems’ contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 5: Empowering all women and girls.

However, despite recent progress in advancing gender equality, gender barriers are still persistent throughout aquatic food supply chains.

In a Fish4Thought virtual event held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, WorldFish's research experts came together to highlight gender-sensitive approaches and innovations that can better empower women in fisheries and aquaculture, ensuring benefits derived from the sector are equally shared amongst men, women and youth.

The presentations focused on WorldFish’s years of work in designing and implementing gender-inclusive innovations in response to the impacts of climate change and COVID-19, which have only exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities.

The panel of internal experts shared regional innovations in aquatic food systems intended to increase the visibility and agency of women involved in the artisanal fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, especially in times of shocks.