SecureFish Kenya

Exploring the role of coastal marine fish in nutrition security in Mombasa, Kenya.

Location: Mombasa, Kenya

Collaborators: Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School, University of Rhode Island, Pwani University, Egerton University, Mississippi State University

Description: The SecureFish project is exploring the potential for improving nutrition among vulnerable populations in Kenya through increased access and consumption of sustainable fish foods. Working with local Kenyan partners at Pwani University and Egerton University, we are collecting primary data from marine fishery communities and families in coastal communities near Mombasa, Kenya. The purpose of this research is to 1) identify nutritious and affordable marine fish foods that support or maintain ecosystem functioning; 2) assess the acceptability and feasibility of the fish foods for nourishing vulnerable populations of pregnant and lactating women and young children and; 3) determine the market conditions for ensuring availability, affordability, and safety of these foods.

Sponsor: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Fish Innovation Lab


Increased fish intake improves brain development in young children

Improved nutrition security in Kenya through increased access to and consumption of coastal marine fish

Team begins initial field work in Kenya

Fish Innovation Lab awards $500,000 in “Quick Start” grants