The research project explores the gendered dimensions of the small-scale fisheries sector in Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania applying a gender-responsive value chain analysis. The goal is to supplement the knowledge of gendered aspects of small-scale fish processing, which traditionally has primarily been the role of women in Tanzania. The approach examines how improved fish processing technologies affect the traditional small-scale fisheries value chain and gender-based roles within it. A qualitative research methodology is applied in the research to collect data and field work is conducted in August 2015, supported by an additional field work in early 2016. In-depth interviews are conducted with stakeholders within each link of the value chain. In Tanzania the value chain is described from fishing boats, through landing points, to fish processing on shore, markets, and finally to the consumer and analyzed within the context of gender. UNU-GEST conducts the research in collaboration with UNU-FTP and the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute (MATÍS).
UNU-GEST’s “Gendered Value Chain Analysis of Small-scale Fisheries and Fish Processing by Lake Tanganyika” research project continued its second phase in October and November, 2016. The research project is a joint research effort of UNU-GEST, UNU-FTP and the Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D institute (MATÍS) exploring the gendered dimensions of the small-scale fisheries sector in Kigoma on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania using the research methodology of gender-responsive value chain analysis. Research results were presented at the Nordic Africa Days in September 2016 at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala and at the 2016 Annual Social Science Research Conference at the University of Iceland. The second phase of the field research took place in October and November of 2016 focusing on the gendered and socio-economic effects of the introduction of a new and improved fish smoking kiln into the value chain. The research is led by Dr. Pétur Waldorff, senior researcher at UNU-GEST. The research uses an applied gender focused socio-economic research methodology which is under development at UNU-GEST under the guidance of Dr. Pétur Waldorff. It maps the value chain, socio-economic processes, and gendered power dynamics, focusing on people’s livelihoods. It has proven to be a time efficient, reliable and focused research method, specifically valuable for development actors who can use the data generated to make informed decisions and measure and evaluate the effects of their development interventions by comparing their development outcomes to the gendered value chain analysis baseline data. An academic paper is under way focusing on this methodology as an applied development oriented research method, its flexibility and diverse potentials.