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Jakarta Post

Empowering women benefits all

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 5, 2018   /  11:54 am
Empowering women benefits all Fish seller in Pasar Bolu market in Rantepao, Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, in a file photo dated August 16, 2016. ( Espinosa)

Ibu Neflyn, who is from a coastal community in Sulawesi, used to rely on the income from her husband, who makes his living fishing at sea. The income was irregular and often not enough to cover basic needs. In the past, when the fishermen came back to shore, the women had to sell the fish at the local market within a few days before the fish would perish. As a result, in Indonesia, 35 percent of all seafood is wasted due to long distances and a lack of markets in remote regions. 

With support from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and the United Nations, Ibu Neflyn and other women in the Tenggiri Fish Enterprise Group have benefitted from assistance to produce higher-value seafood products such as dried fish-snacks, access markets in Indonesia and overseas and make waste products such as fish bones into valuable animal feed. 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.