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The culprit: inadequate cold chain infrastructure.

Critical bottleneck in the Lake Turkana fish value chain

While conducting research on fish value chain addition along Lake Turkana this week, we encountered a situation faced by a hotel in Lodwar. They requested 17 kilograms of Nile perch from a freezer 70 kilometers away in Kangatosa ward. However, four hours later, they received spoiled fish. The culprit: inadequate cold chain infrastructure.

This incident highlights a critical bottleneck in the Lake Turkana fish value chain, impacting both suppliers and consumers. Hotels, like the one in Lodwar, struggle to guarantee fish quality due to a lack of proper cooling solutions. This leads to spoilage, financial losses, and ultimately, limited access to fresh fish for communities around the lake.

Our goal is to create a robust fish value chain, with clean cooking methods, storage facilities, and cooling facilities powered by green energy, connecting Lake Turkana with the Kakuma-Kalobeyei Refugee Camp – all through a human-centered design approach focusing on the needs and preferences of local communities.

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With the support of Efficiency for Access , we’re embarking on a study to understand these challenges and develop innovative appliances to address them. Our goal is to create a robust fish value chain, with clean cooking methods, storage facilities, and cooling facilities powered by green energy, connecting Lake Turkana with the Kakuma-Kalobeyei Refugee Camp – all through a human-centered design approach focusing on the needs and preferences of local communities.
This approach means we’ll be working closely with fishers, traders, hoteliers, and consumers to understand their specific challenges and aspirations. By designing solutions that are culturally appropriate, affordable, and easy to use, we aim to empower communities and unlock the full potential of the Lake Turkana fish value chain.
We are greatful to Christopher Beland Leo Blyth Kalina Stormonth-Darling Mahta Ameli for the great support.

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency Refugee Agency
EEP Africa
The Roddenberry Foundation
British International Investment
U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF)

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