On 16th August 2012 the governments of Kenya, Germany and Israel joined hands in signing a trilateral cooperation agreement to improve the farmed tilapia value chain.
Government Officials from the three countries sign the cooperation agreement.
Front (L-R): Hon. Daniel Ayalon, Hon. Amason Kingi, Hon. Dirk Niebel, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga
Standing (L-R): H.E Gil Haskel, H.E Margit Hell Wig-Botte, Hon. Margaret Kamar, H.E Ken Nyauncho
Together with the Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Fisheries Development (MoFD), The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs through MASHAV, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are supporting the improvement of the tilapia value chain.
(L-R): Hon. Daniel Ayalon, Hon. Amason Kingi, Hon. Dirk Niebel with the cooperation agreements
The initial phase of the cooperation will run until June 2014. In this particular cooperation every partner contributes in their area of expertise focusing on technical, organizational and capacity building aspects.
In order to ensure the quality of the capacity building training program, a professional fish-farming training unit was established at the Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technologies (RIAT) in Kisumu, Kenya. The Training Unit was officially inaugurated by H.E. Raila Amolo Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya; Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany; and Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel.
Hon. Dirk Niebel and Hon. Daniel Ayalon cut the ribbon at the RIAT training institute. Looking on
is Kenya's Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga.
TRILATERAL TILAPIA COOPERATION
The fish stocks in Lake Victoria are dwindling and the demand for fish is rising. Tilapia is the preferred fish in the region and the prices have doubled over the past two years. The overall objective of this cooperation is to increase the income of the fish farmer households, to eradicate poverty in the region and improve the lake Victoria ecosystem
Tilapia can also be produced in fish farms, creating an alternative source of income and can also contribute to increased food security in the country.
Some of the tilapia fish harvested
So far, in this cooperation, the following has been achieved:
§ Participatory farmed tilapia value chain analysis has been carried out at the beginning of 2012
§ The trainings were conducted at RIAT for 60 trainers and fish farmers
§ A fish farming training unit was constructed at RIAT
§ Official launch of the project and signing of the trilateral agreement on 16th August, 2012
Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology
RIAT is the main partner in demonstration and capacity building. The three partners would like to bring together under one single institution the elements of technology, knowhow and management skills to assure sustainability. RIAT already offers fisheries training at certificate level and will also develop short courses in fish farming for farmers and extension agents.
Farmed Tilapia Value Chain
The value chain concept is a market oriented business model that refers to all the processes involved in the production cycle of a specific product, from primary production up to final purchase by the consumer. In order for everyone in the value chain to benefit it is important to bring all the players together and to address shortfalls in every link of the chain. For the Tilapia value chain these are the supply of inputs, the availability of quality feeds, pond management and marketing.
The approach usually starts from market demand rather than from supply. This enables the entrepreneurs to visualize the other actors and facilitators who may influence his or her production processes in one way or another and thus recognize their valuable contributions, helping to remove perceived barriers on the road to product development.
In this Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation Project, the three governments through their implementing agencies will bring together their comparative advantages in order to increase the livelihoods of fish farmers in the region.