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      Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic and Adaptive Strategies to Build Resilience in the Kenyan Aquaculture Sector

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            This study examines the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and adaptive strategies to build resilience among stakeholders and actors in the aquaculture value chain in Kenya. Prior to the pandemic, Kenya's aquaculture sector had progressed from a minor player to a key component of the country's fish food system. Fish and fishery products have become the most heavily traded food commodity in the Kenyan markets. The results indicate the pandemic had significant impacts on the access to aquaculture inputs, fish trade, and socio-economic livelihoods of the aquaculture value chain stakeholders and actors during the two whole years. Thus, initial and longer-term adaptive measures, in particular by private sector players and government agencies, can contribute to building resilience to multiple shocks and stressors among stakeholders and actors in the aquaculture sector. Some measures include a government incentive package to overcome the damage to the fisheries and aquaculture sector, improve farming operations and win the market trust and adopt new methods such as intelligent sensors, camera systems and automated or remotely controlled monitoring/feeding strategies to reduce labour intensity. Such measures and policies can cushion the sector against future shocks occasioned by such pandemics.

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            AfricArXiv Preprints
            ScienceOpen
            8 October 2022
            Affiliations
            [1 ] Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), National Aquaculture Research Development and Training Center (NARDTC), P. O. Box 451, Sagana, Kenya
            [2 ] Directorate of Fisheries, Busia County, P.O. Box 142, Busia, Kenya
            [3 ] Department of Animal and Fisheries Sciences, Maseno University, P.O. Box Private Bag, Maseno
            [4 ] Department of Animal Sciences, Chuka University, P. O Box 109-60400, Chuka, Kenya
            [5 ] Kenya Fisheries Service, National Aquaculture Centre, Sagana, Kirinyaga County
            [6 ] Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Sangoro Aquaculture Research Center P. O. Box 136 Pap Onditi, Kenya
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            10.14293/111.000/000048.v1
            c90a1d56-3ec8-407e-878a-dcb65717c647

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .

            Funding
            Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP); Validating Improved Fish Strains and Health Management Practices for Climate Smart Aquaculture GA02-4/1

            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Aquaculture & Fisheries,Agriculture
            Covid-19,aquaculture value chain,Aquaculture,Lockdowns

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