May 17, 2022
Partnership seeks for better productivity and sustainability of fish farms in Kenya
A continuous partnership between Kenya's Lattice Aqua and IDH, the sustainable trade initiative, will focus on improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of Kenya's fish farms.
The partnership is part of IDH's ambition in Africa to establish long-term business relations between SMEs and off-takers, address domestic food demand and deficits, generate employment and increase the intra-African trade of food commodities while safeguarding the environment.
Growing domestic and regional African markets have seen an increasing demand for fish and fishery products. However, the combination of population growth and declining sea fisheries has led to a supply deficit with most African countries relying on fish imports although there is ample opportunity to farm fish domestically.
In Kenya, the conditions for aquaculture practices for tropical fishes are optimal (due to high temperature and other local conditions), but poor cage and pond farming practices, the lack of access to high quality feed and fingerlings, as well as affordable services (including finance) and management expertise have resulted in failing, inefficient and unprofitable fish farms.
The work with Lattice Aqua aims to improve fish farmer incomes, support SMEs and farmers to access markets and create work opportunities, while ensuring gender inclusivity. It is based on earlier activities that verified the positive influence of a data-driven approach and is done through an integrated ecosystem approach.
The ecosystem includes the biggest feed producer in Kenya (Tunga Feed), the largest seed farms (Jewlet Enterprises and Kamuthanga fish farm), market off-taker (Aqua Rech), technical support from the Aquaculture Academy and financial institutions (Faulu Microfinance Bank and Juhudi Kilimo).
"The success of fish farming depends on multiple key factors such as management practices, feed and fingerlings used, sales channels and data collection," said Julie Muyela, regional head of Lattice Aqua. "However, prior to getting these factors in place, future fish farmers should decide on the type of farming system to invest in. This decision could make or break the success potential of their farm."
- The Fish Site