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 to collect data during field work in August 2015 and October-November of 2016. In-depth interviews are conducted with stakeholders within each link of the value chain. In Tanzania the value chain is described and followed, from fishing boats, through landing points, to fish processing on shore, markets, and finally to the consumer and analyzed within the context of gender relations and dynamics. 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 finished 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. The second and final phase of field research focused on the gendered and socio-economic effects of the introduction of a new and improved fish smoking kiln into the value chain. The research was 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. Research data and analysis has been captured in, and disseminated through research reports, seminars and international conference presentations, research blogs and videos and online interviews.