PUM believes in partnering and programmatic work. As such we maintain- in addition to our partners in the Netherlands – a broad network worldwide with organisations that work in similar sectors and have complementary capacities or resources. By joining forces we can offer a complete range of services, and make the entrepreneur’s path to growth much easier to access. We work in partnership with the World Bank, The United Nations (especially UNDP and UNOPS), Argidius, SNV, Yunus Social Business (YSB), the Dioraphte Foundation, Solidaridad, the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), Iungo capital, GroFin, NBA, SPARK and many more.
All of our partnerships offer a unique added value and contribute to the success of PUM’s mission. We partner to make use of complementary expertise, to reach new clients, to promote organisational change and innovation, to upscale best practices, to leverage new sources of funding, and – above all – to create more impact and empower SMEs that are in need of practical knowledge and expertise.
PUM PARTNERS WITH FARM AFRICA
Fish farming offers significant economic benefits and, unlike capture or marine fisheries, does not rely on a depreciating natural resource. In Kenya therefore, PUM is member of a consortium, led by Farm Africa, to develop a sustainable aquaculture industry and double the country’s consumption of fish. PUM’s expertise is recognized, as Dutch fish farmers and processors are leading the European sector in terms of technology, efficiency, hygiene and food quality.
Fish farming in Kenya
Back in 2011 Farm Africa started a network to provide fish farmers with training, feed and high quality equipment, as the organisation believes that aquaculture can boost incomes, provide families with an affordable source of protein and create jobs. “We’re working to get the aquaculture sector to where dairy is in Kenya – it has huge potential. If the socio-economic conditions remain favourable, our projects could directly benefit 9,500 farming households, and provide fish for an estimated 1.2 million consumers,” says, Tom Cadogan, Farm Africa Country Director. Consequently, Farm Africa works directly with farmers, traders and suppliers and helps them increase their access to high-value markets, expands their capacity to sell more fish and makes sure that the industry can thrive by aiding farmers to organise themselves into trade associations. However, investments and support are required if the industry wishes to be taken seriously.
PUM’s role in the consortium
Therefore, the consortium aims to establish a solid foundation for a competitive fish farming industry (mainly tilapia and catfish) based on thousands of medium sized enterprises throughout the value chain. PUM’s role to the “Kenya Market-led Aquaculture Programme” (KMAP) as it is called, is essentially to provide tailored knowledge to small, medium and large-scale farmers, commercial marketing companies and feed manufacturers