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TITLE: Validating Climate-Smart Fish Culture Systems (CSFCS) for Increased Aquaculture Productivity and Livelihood Security in Kenya
Principal Investigator: Dr. Erick O. Ogello (Department of Fisheries and Natural Resources, Maseno University)

  •  Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  •  University of Eldoret
  •  Egerton University
  •  Textel-Africa Co. Ltd.

Project summary
This proposal aims to validate specific climate-smart fish culture technology innovations and management practices (TIMPs) developed through on-station research initiatives to promote fish production and livelihood security in Kenya. The innovative TIMPs, which include biofloc, fingerpond, integrated fish-poultry and innovative fish cage technology have not been adequately validated by small holder farmers. The project will cover three Counties i.e. Siaya, Kakamega and Busia. The expected impact of validating these TIMPs are consistent with the KCSAP ‘s ‘triple wins’ objectives of a) increasing food productivity, b) enhancing resilience of agricultural production systems, c) promoting efficient use of energy, water and land and reduction of green-house-gas (GHG) emissions.

General objective:
To increase aquaculture productivity and improve livelihoods in a sustainable environment through validation of climate-smart fish culture systems

Projected outcome
Production outcomes: increased fish production and profitability, improved socio-economic growth; enhanced dietary diversity, bolstered food and nutrition security.
Human outcomes: Consistent supply of nutritious and safe fish products will promote food security and livelihoods, improved resilience to shock, improved health for vulnerable groups through provision of dietary diversity, reliable and inclusive jobs in aquaculture and fisheries; business opportunities and economic progress for youth and women with enhanced market access; and Responsible aquatic resource management
Uptake pathway: Operational TIMPs will be adopted in aqua-hubs for training community development groups as trainer of trainers