Monday, 28 July 2014

German Support to Fishing in Lake Victoria

July 11th

 Today, Kenya, Israel and Germany signed a trilateral agreement aimed at protecting Lake Victoria by supporting fish farmers and creating alternative ways of fishing.
At the signing ceremony, Ambassador Peschke used the Swahili proverb “It is better to give a man a fishing–rod than to give him a fish”, to underline the importance of the project of spreading knowledge about sustainable aquaculture to improve livelihoods of fishermen.
The project aims at sustaining the fish population in Lake Victoria by supporting aquaculture instead of conventional fishing. Germany and Israel already supported an aquaculture experimental and training unit at RIAT College in Kisumu, together with a borehole and water supply system for the college. In a second phase, the trilateral cooperation will support extension services of the county governments, fish farmers and private sector in Bungoma, Kakamega and Siaya.
So far, the trilateral cooperation has reached almost 8.000 farmers providing hands-on training in the field of aquaculture. The approach does not only create jobs, but also provides fish by using fish ponds instead of catching fish from the Lake Victoria.
During government negotiations between Germany and Kenya in December 2013, Germany committed new funds amounting to EUR 9.4 million for technical cooperation in the agricultural sector. The project supporting fishing industries at Lake Victoria is part of this commitment. 


Israel-Kenya-Germany Tripartite Cooperation in Lake Victoria MOU signing in Nairobi on July 11th

  • Israel-Kenya-Germany Cooperation in Lake Victoria

    The three parties signed an agreement to implement the second phase of the trilateral tilapia cooperation to enhance sustainable ways of protecting Lake Victoria environment by creating alternative livelihoods for the communities living around the lake.
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    Signing the Israel-Kenya-Germany Tripartite Cooperation in Lake Victoria  
    Signing the Israel-Kenya-Germany Tripartite Cooperation in Lake Victoria  
    Copyright: MASHAV

    The cooperating partners include Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs through MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, and the German Cooperation Implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
    The first phase of the trilateral agreement was signed in Kisumu, Kenya, on August 2012, in the presence of the Prime Minister of Kenya, H.E. Raila Amolo Odinga. It stated two main cooperation areas aiming at the improvement of the ecosystem of Lake Victoria, based on the needs of the region and the respective comparative advantages of the partners: the promotion of tilapia fish farming as a business with an emphasis on “pro-poor” action by supporting capacity-building activities for establishing tilapia aquaculture; and a contribution to the improvement of wastewater management around Lake Victoria.
    Within this framework, and based on the successful implementation of Phase I, the Parties declared their willingness to continue their joint trilateral cooperation and extend it for an additional 3 years.

    The MOU was signed in Nairobi on July 11th , in the presence of H.E. Nderitu Gachagua, Coordinator of the agriculture Committee, Council of Governors, Government of Kenya; H.E. Andreas Peschke, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Kenya; and H.E Gil Haskel Ambassador of the State of Israel to Kenya. 

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