Project Background


The Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socio-Economic Development (KEMFSED) project is implemented by Government of Kenya, through the State Department for Blue Economy and Fisheries with support from the World Bank. The supports the country in its efforts to leverage emerging opportunities in the Blue Economy. The project duration is 2020-2025 with funding worth KSH10 billion.

The Project Development Objective is to improve management of priority fisheries and mariculture and increase access to complementary livelihood activities in coastal communities.
The KEMFSED project covers five coastal counties that border the Indian Ocean: Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu because it focuses on improving marine fisheries. It aims to: strengthen the management of fisheries that are priority to coastal livelihoods by implementing interventions to secure stocks at levels for sustainable harvesting.
These priority fisheries are:
Weak governance has led to overfishing of these fisheries at the nearshore, reducing the catch per fisher and contributing to high poverty levels in local communities that are dependent on fisheries.
The project will increase coastal households’ access to complementary livelihood activities to help reduce diversify sources their sources income and reduce dependence on capture fisheries.
By better managing and conserving marine and inland water resources, reducing illegal fishing activity, and enhancing the value of the fish products in the fisheries value chains, KEMFSED is expected to enhance the sector’s contribution to the overall economy.

Project Components

KEMFSED’s Project Development Objective will be achieved through three components that focus on improving governance for sustainable management of priority fisheries, enhance the livelihoods of coastal communities and ensure effective implementation of project activities implemented jointly by the national and county governments as well as local communities.

Geographical coverage

In the five participating counties, KEMFSED project covers 19 sub-counties and 98 administrative Wards where Enhanced Coastal Community Livelihoods (ECCL) investments will be concentrated.


The primary target group are the fishers and poor fisheries-dependent households, and rural communities with direct or indirect links to fishing activities, including vulnerable groups such as the Tswaka, Watha, Aweer and Sanye.


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