Justus Wekesa Wanjala

Justus is an Aquaculture Fellow currently working as Chief Fisheries Officer in Meru County. Since 2010 Justus has implemented many aquaculture projects at the county level, key among them the Kenya Productivity and Agribusiness Project and Fish Farming Enterprise Productivity Programme under the economic stimulus programme. Through these projects, he was able to build capacity of farmers by offering extension and training as well as mobilizing them into groups to pool resources to address supply and demand challenges. As a result of this, many smallholder farmers have taken up fish farming, entrenching aquaculture and fish eating in a county with no history of the practices. Justus is currently implementing two projects on fisheries and food safety funded by IFAD and AgriFI Kenya. In his personal capacity as a consultant, Justus has conducted suitability and infrastructure mapping research in 15 aquaculture potential counties in Kenya. He holds a BSc in Fisheries from Moi University and an MSc in Aquaculture from Ghent University (Belgium).