Gender Integration in Fisheries and Aquaculture Production in Nigeria: The Roles of Culture, Education and Technology Public Deposited

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Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.

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  • Women in general play a critical role in every aspect of the production process and value chain in small-scale fisheries. Their best known roles are however in processing and marketing of fish and fishery products. The fish sector (capture fisheries and aquaculture) is an important source of income and livelihoods for millions of people, the majority of them in developing countries. In Africa, culture, education and technology (CET) exert huge influences on production and output of major natural resources. This paper examines the role and effects of CET on gender integration in aquaculture production in Nigeria. Female stakeholders in the fisheries sector were selected in five women groups in five coastal states of Nigeria. The results from this study show that (a) historical and cultural experiences were critical for gender integration, (b) cultural domination promoted some measure of social dislocation resulting in unsustainable fisheries development in some states and (c) among some groups in some states, there were some negative traditional practices, beliefs and laws that were perceived to be harmful to women success in fish production and derogatory of their status in aquaculture practice. The level of education played a major role in adaptation and adoption of aquacultural practices. Dissemination and adherence to sustainable practices were hampered while technology influenced production methods and product delivery in all the states. The paper recommends training of women leaders and rapid integration of women associations and groups through provision of funds, regular seminar and workshops into fish production mainstream in Nigeria.
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