Fish farming in Kenya

Kick-starting aquabusinesses. Tackling hunger. Protecting Lake Victoria.

 
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KENYA’S FISH PRODUCTION IS HEAVILY RELIANT ON WILD FISH CAUGHT IN LAKE VICTORIA, BUT STOCKS ARE DWINDLING. DEMAND FOR FISH IN KENYA IS INCREASING RAPIDLY DUE TO POPULATION GROWTH AND RISING INCOMES. FARM AFRICA IS BOOSTING PRODUCTION IN PONDS TO HELP PROTECT LAKE VICTORIA’S STRAINED RESOURCES, OFFER THE POPULATION A SUSTAINABLE SOURCE OF PROTEIN AND PROVIDE FISH FARMERS WITH RELIABLE INCOMES.

Kenya’s excellent water resources, as well as favourable climate, make parts of Kenya ideal for fish farming. However, for the nascent industry to become a driver for growth and prosperity farmers, suppliers and traders need support and investment. Farm Africa is working to strengthen every aspect of the Kenyan fish farming supply chain, from fish feed to fork, to help the sector become a competitive industry that lifts people out of poverty.

 

We’re doing this by:

  • Providing training for fish farmers and helping them to access high-value markets to increase their incomes.

  • Supporting the suppliers of feed and fingerlings (young fish) to improve the quality of their produce and help them to sell to farmers.

  • Working with traders to increase their access to and capacity to sell larger volumes of farmed fish.

  • Carrying out an educational campaign to show the benefits of farmed fish over wild-caught fish.

  • Helping fish farmers to organise themselves into trade associations so that the industry can thrive.

This project builds upon Farm Africa’s aqua shops project, which set up a network of shops that supply fish farmers with the high quality fish feed and equipment they need to develop well-run profitable businesses.

This project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi.