Maina Waruru

Maina Waruru is a freelance journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with over 20 years experience writing about science and development, environment, climate, energy, and health.

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WTO Risks Reputation on Fishing Subsidies Reform

By Maina Waruru 2018-12-14 13:08:27

The World Trade Organisation must make progress on reforming global fishing subsidies to save the ocean and its own reputation, say international trade officials. Ahead of the WTO ministerial summit in January next year, member states must focus on safeguarding the future of the world’s seas and inland water, rather than increasing production, said officials at the Blue Economy Summit in Nairobi in November. “We must approach these talks with sustenance of world fisheries as a priority,” said Roberto Zapata...

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Imported Fish Raise New Tensions Between China and Kenya

By Maina Waruru 2018-12-07 06:33:48

Besides his regular job as an accountant at Kenyatta National Hospital in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Geoffrey Ombati Osoro owns two fish distribution stores in the city, and another in the western town of Eldoret. He typically sold up to 1,000 kilogrammes of fish a day, but last year sales fell to around 600 kilogrammes, a 40% drop. Growing imports of fish from China are to blame, he says. Chinese imports of tilapia – the most popular fish in Kenya –...

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