Fish in Kenya: The Nile-perch chain


  • R. Schuurhuizen
  • A. Van Tilburg
  • E. Kambewa


With the introduction of large-scale fish-processing plants in Lake Victoria, Kenya, the structure of the actor network changed considerably. The domestic chain characterized by small-scale fishermen has become increasingly marginalized. Competition for fish between the domestic and export market is rather unequal and the drive to sell fish overseas has resulted in reduced local availability. The absence of banks and credit institutions increased the dependencies of fishermen on other parties in the supply chain. Improved financial systems to enlarge the ability of fishermen to acquire loans, government involvement in catch standards, and joint action for supply-chain governance system is needed to create a more competitive market and to provide the desired sustainability.