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Issue No.58
  • :December
  • :2018



Give a woman a fish

Produced by Conservation International and Fintrac; filmed and edited by Dominique Tardy, scripted by Olivier Joffre and narrated by Susan Novak. Duration 12 min 29 sec; Language: English

By Kyoko Kusakabe (, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

This documentary is about women fishers living in the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia, considered the world’s most productive inland fishery. In these villages of floating huts and boats, both women and men depend on fishing and fish processing, and there are few other livelihood options. Most are trapped in a cycle of poverty, often indebted to middlemen to buy fishing gear and for daily expenses. This documentary describes how a successful project supported a women’s group to upgrade their fish processing techniques, introduced savings and helped to diversify livelihoods.

As a result of the project, a women’s group came to adopt improved production techniques for prahok (fermented fish paste) and smoked fish. With new equipment such as new stoves, it was able to make more hygienic an

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