Unravelling gender awareness and opportunities in Aquaculture value chain in Western Kenya

  • C. M. Githukia Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Kegati Aquaculture Centre
  • J. W. Chesoli Faculty of Business and Economics, Kisii University
  • J. O. Manyala School of Spatial Planning and Natural Resource Management, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
  • J. A. Odhiambo Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources Management, Kisii University

Abstract

Gender awareness on opportunities in the aquaculture value chain is important for empowerment and inclusive economic development. There are many opportunities offered for men and women to participate by the transformation of aquaculture systems and technologies. This study aimed to assess gender awareness and dimensions in opportunities within aquaculture value chain in Western Kenya. Data was collected using 386 structured questionnaires and supplemented by

eight focus group discussions (FGD’s) and 11 in-depth key informant interviews (KII’s). Enumeration was done using digitized questionnaire in the Open Data Kit (ODK). Data was analysed using Stata version 16 (Stata Corp, College Station, Texas, USA) and statistical significance considered at α = 0.05.  There was an association between knowledge on sex-reversed fingerlings technology and gender (p<0.01). Male farmers perceived seed production to be more profitable than other nodes. There were many benefits of working in the fish farm which included regular salary or income, share of profits, money as a gift, fish for household consumption and rich nutrients and health benefits. All these benefits had an association between gender and household types (p<0.01). This study concluded that awareness of opportunities is important in increasing productivity of both men and women in the aquaculture value chain.

Published
2022-05-25
How to Cite
Githukia, C. M., Chesoli, J. W., Manyala, J. O., & Odhiambo, J. A. (2022). Unravelling gender awareness and opportunities in Aquaculture value chain in Western Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 85(1-4), 11. Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/493