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Issue No:41
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2012

This issue of Yemaya includes articles on women fish processors in Senegal, conditions of fishing communities post civil war and after tsunami in Sri Lanka, women participating in decision-making process in Philippines and how women are turning to farm feed production as livelihood options in India. The edit focuses on the gender issues within the Convention on Biological Diversity. 

Asia / India

On the path to self-reliance

Empowered with the right training and support, women in several coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, India, are turning to farm-feed production as a viable livelihood option

By B. Shanthi ( and K. Ambasankar, senior scientists with the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, Chennai, India

Aquaculture is one of the fastest-growing food-production systems in the world. A highly viable livelihood option for women, especially those living in coastal areas, it offers high returns and opportunities for livelihood diversification.

In India, 30 per cent of women in rural and coastal areas are directly or indirectly engaged in small-scale fisheries. A third of this population is estimated to be involved in various field activities linked to aquaculture, such as manuring fish ponds, feeding fish, harvesting, transporting and marketing fish, peeling shrimp in fish-processing plants, working in shrimp hatcheries, rearing mud crabs, producing aqua-feed, and preparing, processing and marketing value-added fish and farm products.

A key component of the aquaculture industry is aqua-feed production. The quality of ornamental fish and crabs depends directly upon the quality of the aqua-feed used during production....

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