Lake Victoria Small Fish Project: Promoting Sustainable Technologies and Marketing Strategies to Increase Incomes and Reduce Food Losses in Small Fish Systems (LVSF) project. The LVSF project is a three years project (February 2022 to March 2025) funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The total budget is USD 2M. The project is implemented in Lake Victoria Riparian States of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, coordinated by the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) at regional level.



The goal of the project is to contribute to improved, inclusive, nutritious and sustainable livelihoods of communities dependent on small fish in Lake Victoria. Its development objective is to reduce food losses, improve incomes and nutrition from small fish systems.



  1. Promote green technologies for fishing, fish processing and preservation to ensure sustainable resources, environmental safety and improved livelihoods

  2. Support marketing innovations to increase incomes and nutrition benefits from small fish

  3. Generate and disseminate knowledge for sustainable small fish system and policy


Expected output

  1. Solar technologies and methods developed for fishing, processing and preserving small fish species

  2. Poor people involved in small fish value chain adopt resilience technologies and improved marketing practices

  3. Increased incomes for fishers, fish processors and marketers from improved technologies and practices

  4. Improved nutrition for poor households from consumption of small fish

  5. Knowledge developed and disseminated for sustainable small fish systems

  6. Project effectively managed, monitored and evaluated

Project beneficiaries

The grant targets a total of 6,000 direct beneficiaries, including fishers and post-harvest actors, ensuring a focus on poverty, vulnerability, gender and youth. At the fishing level the main intervention will be to promote access to sustainable fishing technologies, in particular it will enable at least 3,000 fishers currently using kerosene powered lights for their fishing activities to adopt more sustainable practices based on solar energy. At the post-harvest level, the project will target 3,000 mostly women fish processors and traders with improved technologies for fish preservation, value addition and marketing strategies to access higher value markets. Women fish processors and traders will access improved solar fish drying technologies, training to develop skills for innovative processed fish products and digital market information services, linkages to markets and required inputs to increase the impacts from this investment.


Expected innovations

  • The LVSF project is supporting solar technology to replace kerosene lamps on fishing of small fish on Lake Victoria to improve energy efficiency, protection of environment and climate change mitigation. The project will support selected fishers from selected landing sites to acquire solar lamps

  • The LVSF project is supporting selected women and youths groups to access solar drier technology for improved quality of small fish. The selected women and youths groups will receive solar dries, training to develop skills for innovative processed fish products, packaging and digital market information services, linkages to markets and required inputs.

  • The LVSF project is introducing an eFisher, a mobile technology App to operationalize low cost electronic data collection, real time transmission, market intelligence, weather data, financial performance and analysis systems for fishers and boat owners.