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In the frame: modifying Photovoice for improving understanding of gender in fisheries and aquaculture

In the frame: modifying Photovoice for improving understanding of gender in fisheries and aquaculture
In the frame: modifying Photovoice for improving understanding of gender in fisheries and aquaculture
Understanding the role and value of small-scale fisheries to livelihoods and food security is a key challenge in conserving fishery resources. This is particularly true for small-scale inland fisheries, one of the most underreported and undervalued fisheries sectors that also increasingly faces environmental and societal change. Gender plays a central role in the different ways in which inland fisheries contribute to food and nutritional security in developing countries. The role of women in inland fisheries is significant, with millions of women contributing to dynamic capture fisheries and aquaculture supply chains. The role of women in inland fisheries, however, is less visible than the role of men and is often overlooked in policymaking processes. The need for participatory community-based approaches has been widely recognized in natural resource management literature as a means to capture people’s perspectives and empower marginalized groups. The Photovoice method is increasingly used as a participatory tool in health, social, and environmental research, but has had little adoption in inland fisheries research to date. The aims of this paper are (1) to review and evaluate the effectiveness of an emerging participatory method, Photovoice; and (2) to present a modified Photovoice method, applicable to the context of small-scale fisheries, to advance understanding of gender and socioecological dimensions. We outline the strengths and limitations of the method and highlight that it can be used as a tool for triangulation of mixed research methods or independently. We argue that Photovoice, as a participatory tool in fisheries research, has the potential to provide rich, qualitative, context-specific, untapped sources of knowledge to advance fisheries research and management. The use of Photovoice in the context of small-scale inland fisheries and aquaculture research is a timely endeavor given heightened interest to obtain insights into the previously overlooked aspects of gender and the need for more policy relevant information.
77-89
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Michigan State University; American Fisheries Society
Simmance, Alison
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Simmance, Fiona
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Kolding, Jeppe
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Madise, Nyovani J.
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Poppy, Guy M.
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Taylor, W.W.
Bartley, D.M.
Goddard, C.I.
Leonard, N.J.
Welcomme, R.
Simmance, Alison
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Simmance, Fiona
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Kolding, Jeppe
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Madise, Nyovani J.
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Poppy, Guy M.
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Taylor, W.W.
Bartley, D.M.
Goddard, C.I.
Leonard, N.J.
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Simmance, Alison, Simmance, Fiona, Kolding, Jeppe, Madise, Nyovani J. and Poppy, Guy M. (2016) In the frame: modifying Photovoice for improving understanding of gender in fisheries and aquaculture. Taylor, W.W., Bartley, D.M., Goddard, C.I., Leonard, N.J. and Welcomme, R. (eds.) In Freshwater, Fish and the Future: Proceedings of the Global Cross-sectoral Conference. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Michigan State University; American Fisheries Society. pp. 77-89 .

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Abstract

Understanding the role and value of small-scale fisheries to livelihoods and food security is a key challenge in conserving fishery resources. This is particularly true for small-scale inland fisheries, one of the most underreported and undervalued fisheries sectors that also increasingly faces environmental and societal change. Gender plays a central role in the different ways in which inland fisheries contribute to food and nutritional security in developing countries. The role of women in inland fisheries is significant, with millions of women contributing to dynamic capture fisheries and aquaculture supply chains. The role of women in inland fisheries, however, is less visible than the role of men and is often overlooked in policymaking processes. The need for participatory community-based approaches has been widely recognized in natural resource management literature as a means to capture people’s perspectives and empower marginalized groups. The Photovoice method is increasingly used as a participatory tool in health, social, and environmental research, but has had little adoption in inland fisheries research to date. The aims of this paper are (1) to review and evaluate the effectiveness of an emerging participatory method, Photovoice; and (2) to present a modified Photovoice method, applicable to the context of small-scale fisheries, to advance understanding of gender and socioecological dimensions. We outline the strengths and limitations of the method and highlight that it can be used as a tool for triangulation of mixed research methods or independently. We argue that Photovoice, as a participatory tool in fisheries research, has the potential to provide rich, qualitative, context-specific, untapped sources of knowledge to advance fisheries research and management. The use of Photovoice in the context of small-scale inland fisheries and aquaculture research is a timely endeavor given heightened interest to obtain insights into the previously overlooked aspects of gender and the need for more policy relevant information.

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Published date: 2016
Venue - Dates: Global Conference on Inland Fisheries, UNFAO, Rome, Italy, 2016-01-01
Organisations: Centre for Biological Sciences, Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 402477
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/402477
PURE UUID: e80fb930-97ee-49f0-8dd9-f2b0b3cd8013
ORCID for Nyovani J. Madise: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2813-5295

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Date deposited: 09 Nov 2016 13:37
Last modified: 20 Apr 2020 16:32

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Author: Alison Simmance
Author: Fiona Simmance
Author: Jeppe Kolding
Author: Nyovani J. Madise ORCID iD
Author: Guy M. Poppy
Editor: W.W. Taylor
Editor: D.M. Bartley
Editor: C.I. Goddard
Editor: N.J. Leonard
Editor: R. Welcomme

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