Kevin Ekwenwa

Ashoka Fellow
Nigeria,
Fellow Since 2013
The Fisher Project

Citation

This profile was prepared when Kevin Ekwenwa was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Kevin is empowering young people to become successful fish farmers in Nigeria. He envisions a dynamic and competitive aquaculture sector that produces enough fish to feed the local population while remaining an attractive and viable source of employment for young people. Despite Nigeria’s natural competitive advantage in fish production and the importance of fish as a protein source for Nigerians, the country only produces enough fish to meet a third of local demand. Kevin has designed a collapsible fishpond that can easily be set up in a backyard with access to a water supply. This fishpond eliminates 70 percent of the cost of a concrete pond. In addition, he has organized young farmers into groups in order to provide a feasible financing option for those who cannot afford the cost on their own.

Alongside this design innovation, Kevin’s organization works closely with communities to identify young people and marginalized groups to work with. He provides extensive training on modern fish farming methods as well as basic training on entrepreneurship and fish farm management. Kevin has formed partnerships with local government agencies to leverage existing extension services and facilities. Kevin’s comprehensive strategy recognizes the government’s initiatives to boost fish production and complements where they fall short.
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