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Assessment of the processing and sale of marine fish and its effects on the livelihood of women in Mfantseman Municipality, Ghana

David Forkuor (), Veronica Peprah () and Abdul Mumin Alhassan ()
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David Forkuor: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
Veronica Peprah: KNUST Preparatory School
Abdul Mumin Alhassan: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)

Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, 2018, vol. 20, issue 3, 1329-1346

Abstract: Abstract Fish is a key source of protein for many households in Ghana. It is also an essential source of income to many households in the coastal communities of Ghana. The importance of the fisheries sector to the socio-economic development of the country cannot be over emphasised. Women dominate the fishing value chain in Ghana but paradoxically, the study of their activities has not attracted the attention of researchers and policy makers. This study examined the processing and sale of smoked marine fish and its effects on the livelihood of women in Mfantseman Municipality. The survey was conducted in four communities. A sample size of 363 was drawn from women in the industry and institutions whose activities are related to the industry. The data were analysed using quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings from the study revealed that the industry offers employment opportunity for the majority of women in the municipality, and it is an important source of income to them. Further, the industry has potentials for reducing poverty and enhancing economic empowerment of women in the district. However, women in the industry are confronted with challenges which include health risks that erode whatever gains made by them. The study concludes that the municipal assembly must spearhead and provide a conducive environment for this economic activity to flourish as a way of reducing poverty among women in the municipality.

Keywords: Marine fish; Livelihood; Women; Poverty reduction (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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