Integrated aquaculture approach
The Food Tech Africa (FTA) project aims to improve food security in East Africa through the establishment of a fully integrated aquaculture value chain. FTA is a public-private initiative combining the strengths of Dutch agro-food companies, knowledge institutes, governmental agencies and their East-African counterparts. Several DAE members perform an active role in this project.
Each bringing their own expertise, the DAE members contribute to an integrated approach to fish farming in Kenya. The result is the development of high quality input, productive yet sustainable farming methods, safe and efficient processing and cooled logistics.
Aquaculture in Kenya
Food Tech Africa concentrates on the following activities:
1. Establish and improve fish feed production to improve the local availability of high quality feed;
2. Establish and improve primary production systems of fish, offering local availability of consistent volumes of quality fish;
3. Establish and improve processing of fish, in order to increase added value to products, efficiently reutilize waste products and increase food safety and transport, processing and cold-chain;
4. Improve human resources and infrastructure (technical skills and support structure).
Dutch aquaculture experts
Participating DAE members in this project are Wageningen University & Research, Skretting, Fishion, Holland Aqua, Viqon. The project is coordinated by Larive International and their local partner Lattice Ltd. It has a five year timeframe (2013-2018) and is partly subsidized by the Dutch FDOV program.
Other partners are Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, The Roost, Almex, Dinnissen, Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Unga Farm Care, Kamuthanga Farm, Best Fresh Fish.