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Join us for a Voices of the Global South Event on aquatic food systems that explores the realities, optimism and strength in addressing issues.

Hosts: Prof Nitya Rao & Natasha Grist

Time: 12.302.00 pm GMT & UTC (UK and Ghana) | 3.305.00pm EAT (Uganda)6.00-7.30pm IST (India)/ 6.308.00pm BST (Dhaka)

Event description

The UN Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 has shown us resoundingly that women’s voices from the fishing industry are not heard enough. Yet women comprise a surprising 40% of those involved in the small-scale fishing and aquaculture industry that supports 500 million people’s livelihoods around the world. It’s time for women’s voices to be heard.  

In this event we welcome women fishers and fishing sector members and supporters from the global South to discuss their lives, the complicated realities of the community and industry they work in, challenges they face on a daily basis and solutions that work.   

We are hosted by Nitya Rao, professor of Gender and Development, member of the High-Level Panel of Experts to the Committee on World Food Security and Commissioner for EAT-Lancet 2.0 on healthy and sustainable diets and Director of the Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development (NISD).  

This event forms part of the NISD Theme on Aquatic Food Systems, which has held events on nutrition in aquatic food systems (Dr Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted), and climate change and fisheries (Prof Eddie Allison).   

We invite you to join us – all those within fishing communities, practitioners, educators, UN institutions and NGO staff, those innovating in fishing industries, researchers, students and all interested learners on climate change, adaptation, fishing, nutrition and livelihoods. 


  • 12.30: Welcome – Prof Nitya Rao
  • 12.40: Solutions to daily challenges – innovations in India – Tamil Fisherwoman and Dr S Velvizhi, Fish for All Research and Training Centre, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation
  • 12.50: Women and government in fisheries sector, Bangladesh – Mrs Maffoja Begum, Assistant Director, Department of Fisheries, Dhaka Bangladesh
  • 1.00: Fish Processors Networks in Uganda and AWFishNET – Ms Lovin Kobusingya, President, Ugandan National Women’s Fish Organisation (UNWFO), Founder, African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFishNET)
  • 1.10: Realities and solutions for fisherwomen processors and traders in Ghana – Mrs Regina Solomon and Mrs Emelia Abaka-Edu, President and Vice President, National Fish Processors and Traders Association; Mrs Emelia Nortey, Centre Manager, Development Action Association Training Centre, Ghana
  • 1.25: Discussion, with additional reflections from speakers and additional invited speakers
    • Dr Mohammad Mahfujul Haque,  Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University,
    • Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish,
    • Dr John Walakira, National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, NAFRRI, National Agricultural Research Organisation Uganda, President of Africa chapter of World Aquaculture Society.
  • 1.40: Questions and discussion with audience members
  • 2.00: Close

Partners and participants:

  • Ghana National Fish Processors and Traders Association (NAFPTA)  
  • Development Action Association, Ghana (DAA) 
  • Ugandan National Women Fish Organisation (UNWFO) 
  • African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFishNET)  
  • Fish4All Training and Research Center, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India  
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda (NARO) and Africa Chapter of World Aquaculture Society 
  • Norwich Institute for Sustainable Development (NISD)
  • UEA School of International Development UK 
  • Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Dhaka 

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