Calls for rural women to take up opportunities in blue economy


Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo has called for leveraging internet tools and technology to ensure women participate in the blue economy food cycle.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal when she hosted hosted a panel discussion themed, “Empowering women to enhance rural food security through resilient Blue Economy initiatives, CS Omamo further called for enhanced strategies to build knowledge and research for Women in rural context to absorb marine economy.

The Panel discussion brought together world experts in blue economy, food, agriculture and marine aquaculture.

The discussants deliberated on the potential blue economy initiatives have on bolstering rural food security while engaging women in attainment of SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 2, SDG5 and SDG14 through discussing barriers that prevent rural women’s full participation in the Blue Economy.

They also deliberated on the ways to upscale the rural women to take up the huge opportunities in blue foods.

The discussants included Colleen Kelapile President of the Economic and Social Council, Nancy Karigithu- Special Envoy for Maritime and Blue Economy, Arthur Tuda – Secretary General – WIOMSA, Dr. Kevin Horsburgh- Climate Science lead, Green Climate Fund and Slyvia Diez – World Bank, Vincent Doumeizel Senior Advisor – United Nations Global Impact and Ole Vestergard Programme Management Officer UNEP.


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