Empowering Liberian Women in the Fishing Sector: An Inspiring Success for Capacity Building
The Farmers Union Network of Liberia Transforms Women’s Lives in the Fishing Sector Through Innovation and Training
The “Knowledge Management within the Framework of FO4ACP” event in Kigali has highlighted an innovative Liberian initiative: the “Strategy for Capacity Building and Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women Engaged in the Fishing Sector,” led by the Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUNL), a member of ROPPA. This project, funded by FO4ACP, has transformed the lives of women in the fishing sector, where they play a crucial role despite challenging working conditions.
As part of this initiative, 40 women from two cooperatives in Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties have been trained to use the Chorkor oven, a Ghanaian technology that improves the energy efficiency of fish smoking and reduces health risks. This training has had a significant impact, with women increasing their processing capacity from 20-30 kg of fish per day to 75-100 kg, while reducing their costs and saving time for their families and household chores.
Despite this success, a need for additional funding has been highlighted to build more ovens and extend the initiative’s impact. Continuous training and support are needed to enable women to maximize their efficiency with these new technologies.The success of this initiative testifies to the power of innovation, education, and funding to transform a sector and empower women. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in capacity building to address the socio-economic challenges faced by women in the fishing sector.
In conclusion, FUNL’s initiative is an inspiring example of how the empowerment of women can not only improve their lives but also those of their families and communities, while contributing to gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Communication and knowledge management officer