This Department cuts across all divisions and focuses on establishing cost-effective methods for sustainable exploitation of the aquatic resources (and the environment) through promoting stakeholder participation including local communities. The Department tracks the socio-economic impacts of research and management activities on food security with respect to fisheries; and undertakes studies on fish markets and supply channels for both processed and unprocessed products, evaluation of the economic viability of aquaculture including mariculture initiatives, and economic valuation of critical aquatic ecosystems. It further taps indigenous knowledge and integrates it into management strategies for aquatic resources.
Some achievements of the Socioeconomics department include
- Electronic Fish Market Information System (EFMIS-Ke) was developed and up-scaled to provide real-time information on fish production, weather conditions, prevailing prices and other vital information using the mobile phone technology. This system was developed for Lake Victoria and later expanded to cover the coastal fisheries and aquaculture;
- Provision of research information that has been used in the development of various fisheries management plans;
- Coordinating the assessment of the Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups (VMGs) along the coast of Kenya. These groups were identified and engaged in development of Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups Action Plans which are currently being implemented as part of their development process; and
- Community engagement in management of aquatic resources enhanced through participatory approaches.
The Assistant Director in charge of Socioeconomics department is
Other researcher in the department
- Edward Waiyaki
- Fridah. M. Munyi
- Ernest Ondiek Yongo
- Reuben Omwega
- Horace Owiti Onyango
- Faith Kimanga