Dave Okech is a social entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in the agribusiness sector. Dave’s proudest achievement is the innovation of Aquarech App. When he started fish farming, his aim was to produce fish and sell to the traders, however, he learned that the challenges facing the aquaculture sector was not only on fish production but was the lack of access to high-quality feed, lack of technical assistance, and women traders lacking information about the produced fish and smallholder farmers struggling to access rights in the lake to farm fish. In order to solve these challenges, Dave developed Aquarech, a centralized database system that connects the farmers, fish traders, and feed suppliers.
The application has brought dignity to women and girls by enabling them to access fish at their fingertips at the comfort of their phones without subjecting themselves to the dehumanizing act of sex for fish trade, contributing towards the elimination of HIV/AIDS in Lake Victoria Kenya. As a Leader, Dave initiated the formation of Cage Fish Farmers Association of Kenya in 2018 to tackle the tedious licensing process and importation of cheap poor quality Chinese fish by cartels. They managed to get the government to scrap import licensing costs for feeds and cages and effected import levies on cheap Chinese fish to create a level playing field with locally farmed fresh fish. Dave holds a Diploma in Actuarial Science and has been recognized as a Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, Acumen Fellow 2019, Global Farmer Network Fellow 2020, and in the Obama Foundation Africa Leaders 2022.