Shem Oirere

Shem Oirere

Contributing Editor

Shem Oirere is a Kenyan journalist who previously worked for daily newspapers as a general news correspondent, business reporter and sub-editor before turning to full-time freelancing. For the more than 20 years, he has covered various sectors of Africa’s economy including agriculture, food processing, and maritime industries. A graduate of the University of South Africa, he has traveled within and outside Africa covering various industry events that have a bearing on the continent’s economy on behalf of different international consumer and trade publications. He currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Published on
October 7, 2019

Kenya has teamed up with the World Bank to undertake a five-year, USD 100 million (EUR 91 million) fisheries and mariculture expansion project targeting five counties along the country’s 640-kilometer Indian Ocean coastline.

The three-component Kenya Marine Fisheries and Socioeconomic Development Project (KEMFSED), which is being implemented by the government through the State Department for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, entails

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Published on
October 4, 2019

Oil-rich Angola will in the 2019-2020 fiscal year introduce a new fuel subsidy to support its agriculture and fisheries sectors, as the government strives to achieve food security and reduce national malnutrition levels.

Angola’s Ministry of Finance said the fuel subsidy represents “an important stimulus for strengthening the country’s productive sectors," according to Bloomberg. The ministry has provided no details on what the

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Published on
September 27, 2019

South Africa has delayed the renewal and issuance of new commercial fishing permits – which were initially set to expire in December 2020 – for one year to allow the country's Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to streamline the process and address concerns from fishing communities about exclusion in previous allocations.

The commercial fishing rights, which will now expire in December 2021, are for 12 sectors

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Published on
September 24, 2019

Namibian fishing industry workers and organizations are protesting the licensing of miners to prospect for minerals in the country’s coastal seabed and are asking the government to declare a moratorium on issuance of any new permits and to revoke any previously granted as to protect the country’s fisheries and aquaculture sector, the second-largest export earner of foreign currency after mining.

Protests broke out early this month in

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Published on
September 18, 2019

The Eastern Africa countries of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are implementing a USD 24 million (EUR 21.7 million) fisheries and integrated water management project that would enable the country to effectively address the poor management and deterioration of fisheries on the shared lakes Albert and Edward, to improve production and enhance food security.

The Global Environment Fund, African Development Bank, and the Nile

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Published on
September 17, 2019

Equatorial Guinea has received backing from the African Development Bank to implement the Project for the Development of Value Chains in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector (PASPA), which could see annual fisheries and aquaculture production increasing by nearly 320 percent in the country  …

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Published on
September 12, 2019

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Sudan, a country of 33 million people, develop a fisheries and aquaculture investment plan this year, to help the country develop multiple facets of the industry. 

The new plan is intended to attract technical and financial support for the harnessing of Sudan’s inland and marine fisheries resources. It also includes plans to package investment opportunities in aquaculture for

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Published on
August 30, 2019

Mozambique’s underperforming fishing industry is likely to continue grappling with declining catches and a degraded marine ecosystem as the government looks for ways to revive and implement a major fishing industry initiative. 

Mozambique’s efforts involve the launch of a fishing and security fleet meant to harness and protect its marine resources. The country received the fishing and marine security equipment nearly six years

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Published on
August 22, 2019

Kenya has launched a new Coast Guard Service (CGS) to fight rampant illegal fishing and help the country increase its own seafood yields.

The CGS was launched by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in November 2018 with the mandate of fighting illegal fishing in Kenya’s territorial waters in addition to supporting the war against terrorism, piracy, and human and drug trafficking. With intensified patrols of the East African country’s

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Published on
August 15, 2019

Malawi’s total fish production is expected to increase by 8.5 percent in 2019, after a slight decline in 2018.

The decline was triggered by falling water levels in key fishing lakes that hampered fish recruitment and breeding, according to the country’s 2018 Annual Economic Report.

Although Malawi’s total fish catch increased from 157,268 metric tons (MT) in 2016 to 199,454 MT in 2017, an equivalent of 26.8 percent rise, the

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