Implementing Gender-Responsive Research Activities Through the Fish Innovation Lab

Mainstreaming Gender Equity and Youth Inclusion is one of four cross-cutting themes of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish. As part of its work on this topic, the Fish Innovation Lab administered the Gender-Responsive Aquaculture/Fisheries Development Assessment (GRADA-FIL) to subawardees to gauge the need for resources, trainings, tools, and communications to assist them in advancing gender-responsive aquaculture and fisheries development.

A new brief highlights subawardees’ responses to GRADA-FIL questions related to 1) gender-responsive research activities in training and capacity development, 2) interventions and other programs, and 3) development/distribution of resources, inputs, or technologies. Results indicate that several projects seek to include a wide range of gender-responsive research activities, including recruiting equal numbers of men and women participants, taking into account how men’s and women’s different roles across the aquaculture/fisheries value chain may influence their needs, and incorporating ways to mitigate limitations to women’s participation in activities.

These results suggest that the Fish Innovation Lab’s approach of having each project consider gender equity as a cross-cutting theme from the beginning is an effective means of ensuring that they strive to be more gender-responsive in their research activities. The results also offer a “roadmap” for the Fish Innovation Lab to assist subawardees in achieving their gender-responsive goals and developing additional gender-responsive strategies that may help increase the impact of their projects.

To learn more, read the full brief.

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This is the third brief highlighting the results from the GRADA-FIL. To read more about the common gender barriers reported in the GRADA-FIL by Fish Innovation Lab activities, click here. To read more about successes and challenges reported in the GRADA-FIL by the Fish Innovation Lab’s Quick Start activities, click here.

Published December 17, 2021