A two-day consultative meeting aimed at establishing the Liberia chapter of African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network on Monday kicked off in Monrovia.
The initiative which is under the auspices of the National Fisheries & Aqua Culture Authority is been held in collaboration with the African Union Inter-Africa Bureau for Animal Resources. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Director-General of the National Fisheries & Aqua Culture Authority Emma Glassco lauded the African Union Inter-Africa Bureau for Animal Resources for visiting Liberia to establish a local chapter.
She said women play a crucial role in the fisheries sector in Liberia, by ensuring food security, meeting nutritional requirements, and sustaining the livelihoods of their families and communities.
Madam Glassco however stated that despite the importance of women in the sector, they still face enormous challenges, ranging from lack of modern processing techniques, working in hazardous conditions, lack of preservation and cold storage facilities, transportation among others.