‘Our lives depend on it’: Women’s gleaning vital for food and income in Timor-Leste
It’s 5 am on an August morning. The tide is low at Beacou beach, where mother-of-nine Otilda Souza wades through the shallow waters, prodding the sand with a rod. Otilda is looking for shellfish, weeds and small fish to catch. But what she really wants are some octopus. “Octopus is good for eating...
Ingredients for Success
Behind a small house in the coastal village of Beacou in Timor-Leste, several women crowd around a table. It’s covered with jars and plates of brightly-coloured ingredients—fish, marungi leaves, dried shrimp, roasted sesame seeds, onion powder, salt, pepper, sugar, oil and cooked chili. The women...
Going to market with low-cost, fish-based innovations
Poverty, vulnerability and inequality persist in many sectors of Pacific Island society. But development investments often deliver ‘white elephants’—costly and poorly integrated infrastructure that is left unused. In coastal communities in Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste, we are helping to strengthen people’s own inventive solutions or build on their existing assets to enhance fish-based livelihoods.
Emerging scientist: Lauren Pincus
In the latest instalment of our new series on our early career research talents, we talk to Value Chain Scientist Lauren Pincus about the benefits of fish in the first 1000 days of life and the wasted potential of food waste.
Emerging scientist: Chikondi Manyungwa-Pasani
As a global leader in fisheries and aquaculture research, science is at the forefront of our work. In this new series, we profile our emerging scientists, early career research talents who are already making a significant contribution to fisheries and aquaculture knowledge. Launching the series is Chikondi Manyungwa-Pasani, a small-scale fisheries researcher in Malawi and winner of the inaugural Rosemary Firth Award for her presentation on gender economics.
Gaining a voice: First Women Fishers’ Forum held in Timor-Leste
On Atauro Island in Timor-Leste, men have typically made the decisions about how fishery resources should be managed. But following efforts to build women fishers’ empowerment, women now have a greater voice in governance discussions and are engaging in collective action.