Socio-Economic Determinants of Men and Women’s Participation in Fisheries Value Chain in Nairobi City County, Kenya
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The government of Kenya has put in place an integrated package of service to reduce gender disparities through credit facilitation, which includes business skills, enhanced and increased access to the viable markets among others. It is in this respect that this paper sought to establish the status of men and women in the entrepreneurial fisheries activities in Kenya; with an objective to establish the social-economic determinants of men and women’s participation in fisheries value chain in Nairobi City County. The social structural theory developed by Connell (1987) based on patriarchal system was used to explain the subordination of women in the fisheries value chain in Nairobi City County. The study findings showed that men were prominent in economically high end City market and South C market while women were more in the marginal Kariobangi market. The findings revealed that Gender, age, formal education, marital status and income per month were the socio- economic determinants affecting the participation of men and women in the fisheries value chain in Nairobi City County. Consequently the chi-square test result showed a significant association between gender and large scale (p-value=0.001); age and aquaculture/fish harvesting (p value=0.001); marital status and aquaculture/fish harvesting (p-value 0.036); education and transport (0.036); and income per month and distributor (p-value=0.006); and large scale (p-value=0,004).