Enhancing Food Security among Coastal Fisher Communities: Promoting Small Scale Mariculture Technologies along the Kilifi Creek

Dates: 2011 – 2012

Participating Institutions: Pwani University, Kilifi District Fisheries Office, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and Kibokoni community in Kilifi

Funding Organisation: Government of Kenya (National Research Fund)

Description: The broad objective of the proposed project was to enhance food security among coastal fisher communities in Kilifi District through small-scale mariculture. The specific objectives included:

  • Building the capacity of the local fisher communities on various aspects of small scale mariculture activity
  • Supporting the community in the construction, stocking and management of cultured organisms in earthen ponds and cages using monoculture and polyculture production systems
  • Determining the growth performance of the cultured species over the production cycle through manipulation of feeds and stocking density
  • Carrying out market analysis for the products and developing a viable marketing flow chain for the mariculture enterprise
  • Evaluating the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the project on the Kibokoni community
  • Rehabilitating the mangrove ecosystem along the Kilifi Creek
  • Conducting participatory research to provide solutions to specific challenges on mariculture along Kilifi creek