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Upscaling the siliviculture based enterprises of coastal communities in Kenya

Upscaling the siliviculture based enterprises of coastal communities in Kenya

This initiative supports both community-based organizations and farmers and environmental protection by linking the creation of alternate sources of income with mangrove preservation. The foundation and management of sustainable operations such as aquaculture, beekeeping, and silvofisheries is taught to locals through Kwetu’s services. Focuses include environmental education and conservation, advocating for the rights of the artisanal community, and providing research opportunities to local and international institutions. By collaborating with various partners, Kwetu has been able to reach out to coastal Kenyan communities from Shimoni to Ngomeni, and has helped over fifteen community groups become reliant on the stable income of silvofishery and beekeeping production, thereby improving their quality of life as well as maximizing the positive utilization of the mangrove wetlands.

The initiative encourages community stewardship and conservation of coastal environmental resources by promoting nature-based enterprises that are economically beneficial. It does so by providing training in aquaculture, mariculture, mangrove cultivation, bee-keeping, and more, by organising beach clean-ups, and establishing “Community Forest Associations”. The initiative promotes environmental conservation by developing community-based, economically sustainable businesses. We work closely with community-based organisations to provide the right alternative livelihoods training for women, young people and artisanal fishermen. Trainings include aqua-silviculture – aquaculture, mariculture and mangrove cultivation – bee-keeping and neem production. By using adaptive management the initiative ensures that feedback from all partners is taken into account in its growth and development. At the same time it supports community development through active follow-up activities. 

  • Increase production by identifying and eliminating bottlenecks and improving the use of technology.
  • Strengthen community links to research facilities.
  • Increase added value by creating a centralised honey depot and cold storage facilities for fish products.
  • Establish links with retailers, introduce standardised packaging and carry out business and marketing planning.

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