On June 5, 2018, in the Executive Order No. 1/2018, the Government of Kenya made a clear commitment towards a new approach, the blue economy, and taking into cognizance the importance of the sector to fuel the country’s economic growth, created the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy.

Through the Fisheries Management and Development Act 2016 enacted in September 2016, institutions were established that would strengthen the governance of the fishing industry and aquaculture and enable investments along the fishery value chains for socio-economic benefits. These were the Kenya Fisheries Service, Kenya Fish Marketing Authority and the Fish Levy Trust Fund, among others.

To attain economic benefits from the coastal and marine resources, the Government of Kenya (GoK) through the State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy (SDFA&BE) requested the World Bank to support the proposed Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development Project. The KEMFSED project will be implemented over a period of 5 years.

Project Development Objective(PDO) and Outcomes


The PDO is to improve management of priority fisheries and mariculture and increase access to complementary livelihood activities in coastal communities. The PDO is expected to be achieved through the following key principles of project design:

Project Beneficiaries


The project will benefit poor households in 19 coastal sub-counties of the five coastal counties of Kenya (Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu), including vulnerable groups located in the project area such as the Tswaka, Watha, Aweer, and Sanye. The primary target group would be the fishers and poor fisheries-dependent households, and rural communities with direct or indirect links to fishing activities.

Project Cost and Financing

KEMFSED Project is facilitated by the Government of Kenya jointly with the World Bank. The project will be financed through an IDA Scale Up Facility (SUF) credit, to be implemented over a 5-year period. The Government of Kenya (GoK) will provide counterpart funding while the communities will contribute in cash and/or in kind to the implementation of subprojects.
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