Abstract

Post-harvest practices and technologies are key to reducing global aquatic harvest loss. While the lives of post-harvest fisheries workers, over half of them women, are deeply affected by these technologies, their equity and equality outcomes are poorly understood. This systematic review synthesizes evidence of post-harvest fish and aquatic food processing technology outcomes, showing that persistent inequalities in social structure and norms appear to disadvantage women across a range of technologies, both traditional and improved, especially regarding control over resources. We found that improved technologies bring enhanced productivity and possibly income for workers, yet contracts are often precarious and short-term due to pre-existing gender and social inequities. Whilst power and control of resources is more clearly unequal in the factory settings, it is not necessarily equal in traditional contexts either, despite offering greater flexibility. More rigorous comparative research, including the voice of diverse actors, is key to understand the impacts of different technologies on gender equality and social justice and to inform policymaking.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Food
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 19 Jun 2024

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