The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) is collaborating with Farmerline to empower Ghanaian women to consolidate their role in the business of fish farming. The aquaculture industry in Ghana, when considered from the farm ownership point of view, is dominated by men, but research has shown that women play crucial roles as co-managers of many farms with their husbands and women also far outnumber men at the processing and marketing ends of the value chain. The AquaFish CRSP in collaboration with Virginia Tech University (USA), Purdue University (USA), and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has therefore reached out to about 80 women in Ashanti and Eastern Regions with special training in commercial fish farming and retailing. The women included about equal proportions of farm owners, fish processors, and traders.
Women participants in the AquaFish training took courses in record-keeping and went on a field trip to experience hands-on activities and to appreciate best practices in aquaculture. They were also equipped with knowledge and skills for maximizing profit from fish farming and marketing.
The five-year AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program encompassed multiple objectives to make knowledge in science and technology accessible to fish farmers and Farmerline is happy to be involved in this project as the technology implementing partner.
Farmerline will provide recording keeping services, mobile-based communication and advisory services and tools for impact assessment of outreach activities to participants and other fish farmers in Ghana throughout the year.