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Kibuyu­ni Sea­weed Self-Help Group in Shi­moni, Kwale Coun­ty, Kenya, was estab­lished by the com­mu­ni­ty in 2010. This was after 2 years of tri­als of sea­weed farm­ing con­duct­ed by the Kenya Marine and Fish­eries Research Insti­tute (KMFRI). The com­mu­ni­ty was select­ed for the project for geo­graph­i­cal rea­sons, but has suc­ceed­ed due to com­mu­ni­ty sol­i­dar­i­ty and lead­er­ship. They have found val­ue-added uses for the sea­weed they raise such as food, soap and sham­poo, as well as sell­ing direct­ly to proces­sors. The funds have changed their fam­i­lies’ lives for the bet­ter, includ­ing fix­ing hous­es and pay­ing for their chil­dren’s edu­ca­tion. Two farm­ers speak, then sci­en­tist and inter­na­tion­al oceans diplo­mat Dr. Jacque­line Uku talks about the sci­ence and pol­i­tics around the so-called Blue Econ­o­my, and some of its ben­e­fits and risks.