Driving aquaculture growth in East Africa

FoodTechAfrica is improving food security through private sector development in East Africa.

  • Region: East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania)
  • Focus: Aquaculture sector (the full value chain including quality fish feeds, sustainable production and processing)
  • Start: 2011
  • Approach: Combining best practices in a Public Private Partnership, involving 17 project partners.


FoodTechAfrica is a public-private partnership of 17 companies and universities which improves food security in East Africa through the establishment of a fully integrated aquaculture value chain. Our exceptional journey started modestly in 2011 when a Kenyan farmer told us he could not make fish farming profitable for himself, and other farmers around him. He explained little fish was available on the local market. A surprise, a Kenya borders Lake Victoria which has been a source of fish for the region for centuries. However, lake Victoria’s output is declining sharply due to pollution, overfishing, and lack of regulation. The declining output is traditionally replaced by the import of fish. But Kenya and East Africa as a whole have excellent capabilities to produce local fish, for the local market. It just hadn’t been done at scale.

Project details


Our project is supported by the Netherlands Government’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security Facility (FDOV).

Results & media

Spinoff projects


Almex, Dinnissen, Fishion, Kamuthanga Farm, Holland Aqua, KMFRI, Lattice Consulting, Larive International, PTN, Nutreco, Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Unga Group, Viqon Water Solutions, Wageningen UR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

Wouter van Vliet

Directeur. Nederland


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