Syahruni: Increasing women's potential in shrimp farming
Syahruni is a seasoned farmer from Cengkong, Pinrang. She runs a polyculture farm of shrimp and milkfish with her family. Through her father being a farmer, she was immersed in farming practices at a young age. Today, she takes on a greater role in managing the farm, from regular water quality checks to organic feeding, ensuring optimal shrimp growth and production.
Given her background and involvement in improvement programs, it has been easier for Syahruni to handle and implement best farming practices into her work.
Hasmia: Promoting Women's Agency
Hasmia is a rural shrimp farmer from Weituwoi, Pinrang, Indonesia. Shortly after her husband passed away, Hasmia moved away from her role as primary household caretaker to running the farm to continue feeding her family and making ends meet.
Hasmia started learning about shrimp farming practices from her husband and has also tapped into the expertise of other farmers in the area. Today, she manages a polyculture farm of shrimp and milkfish in her six-hectare pond, and family members travel to Pinrang to assist her during harvest season.
While Hasmia doesn't consider shrimp farming particularly difficult, she is able to rely upon her neighbours and community groups for support when faced with challenges.
For Hasmia and many others, practical and accessible place-based improvement solutions support farmers like her with sustainable farming practices.
Arni: Unlocking livelihood opportunities
Women in the village of Pinrang are often limited to carrying out all household work for the family. However, in 2016 a cooperative group called "Kelompok Berkah" was established with a mission to unlock opportunities for women within their community. Through the GRAISEA program, workshops on food processing were conducted to help make this cause possible.
Among its members is Arni, a 40-year old producer of abon ikan or fish floss, a traditional Indonesian dish made from mashed salted fish. Together with other farmers' wives, Arni processes milkfish into abon ikan and markets it through social media for buyers.
Arni is hopeful for continuous economic recovery so that the women involved can sell more products and engage in other training activities that will help them transform goods into high-value products.
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