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Marty Riche: Farmer-to-Farmer – Aquaculture in Tanzania and Kenya

Farmer-to-Farmer – Small Grant Project for Aquaculture in Tanzania and Kenya
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  • Country: Kenya

martyMarty Riche
Research Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Location: Fort Pierce, FL
Career Summary: Marty has 30 years aquaculture experience in the public, private, and academic sectors working with cool, cold and warm water species in both freshwater and marine environments. Marty served as a volunteer for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as co-manager of the country’s tilapia fingerling production center, and a rural extension agent.
After receiving a Ph.D. degree in aquatic animal nutrition at Michigan State University, he has worked for 14 years researching system design, larval and post-larval fish nutrition, and fish physiology for the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Florida Atlantic University.
Area(s) of Expertise: Aquatic animal nutrition, and fish physiology, recirculating aquaculture system design and operation, fish culture, and larval culture
Education: PHD, Aquatic animal nutrition, Michigan State University
Language(s) Spoken: English, Krio

ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW
Name of project: Farmer-to-Farmer – Small Grant Project for Aquaculture in Tanzania and Kenya
Implementing Partner: Aquaculture without Frontiers
Duration of Assignment: 1 year
Volunteer Assignment and Impact: This volunteer assignment is in support of the Farmer to Farmer – Aquaculture without Frontiers program. The assignment is to work with the Kenyan government, Eldoret University, and several Non-governmental organizations to provide training for other local trainers as well as direct training and advice to small and medium scale farmers.
Take-away messages/quotes: It is recognized that in addition to the health benefits of fish, aquaculture can contribute to poverty alleviation, food security, and social well-being. By teaching and training farmers to grow native fish species, to incorporate locally available feed ingredients, to develop and follow bio-security protocols and to reuse fish effluents to irrigate row crops, vegetables, and tree crops, fish farmers can develop truly sustainable farming methods.