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  • National Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Hon Silas Tiren (seated 4th left) with his committee members pose for a photo with KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (seated 2nd right) with his Board members and KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru at KMFRI, Mombasa, on 27th July 2021.
  • PS-SDFA & BE Dr. F. Owino, DG KMFRI Prof J. Njiru, DG KeFS D.Mungai, Fisheries Secretary Ms. L. Obungu for Fisheries and other stakeholders at the 2020 Frame Survey Validation Workshop at Kisumu Hotel on Saturday, 5th June, 2021
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino KMFRI BoM Chairman Hon John Safari Mumba, KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru held an interactive meeting with KMFRI scientists on 25/05/2021
  • KMFRI DG Prof James Njiru with NRF top officials who included Board member Prof Walter Oyawa, who paid him a courtesy call on 18/05/21.
  • Dr. Odoli (far left), Dr. Nyamwea (far right) and Ms. Safina Musa (second right) with participants during the sensitization for cage farmers (women groups) in Homa Bay County on fish value addition from 10th to 13th May 2021.
  • On 7th May, 2021 Director General KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (3rd left) joined CS Wildlife & Tourism in the launch of National Wildlife Census 2021 at Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County. With them was DG KWS Brig (Rtd) J. Waweru (R), DG KMA R.Njue (4th L), Dr P.Omondi Director WRTI (2nd L). Census will also include Marine Mega Fauna along Kenya coast
  • KMFRI Director General, Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) with Governor Uasin Gishu County, HE Jackson Mandago (centre) and other County Officials in Eldoret during a consultative meeting on 3rd May, 2021 to establish KMFRI Station in the County
  • PS SDFA & BE Dr Francis Owino (centre), KMFRI BoM Chair Hon John Mumba (2nd right), KMFRI Director Prof James Njiru (left) during a courtesy call to Mombasa County commissioner Mr Gilbert Kitiyo.
  • The newly appointed Principal Secretary SDFA & BE Dr Francis O. Owino (seated centre) during his maiden visit at KMFRI Mombasa headquarters on 2nd March 2021.
  • Kenya Launches a coral reef fish project (Funded by Japan/FAO) to improve food security, livelihoods and maritime safety through increased resilience of coastal fishing communities
  • KMFRI Mombasa Center Director, Dr. Eric Okuku (centre) representing KMFRI Director and Assistant Director (Projects & Collaborations/CD Shimoni) Dr. James Kairo (right), meet Dr. Mathieu Guerin from France Embassy to explore possible research collaboration with French institutions.
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) exchange MoU with VC Pioneer International University, Dr Gideon Maina (left), this SDFA & BE MoU is on several areas of collaboration that includes Kenya Fisheries Services. The ceremony was witnessed by outgoing PS Prof. Micheni Ntiba on on 22nd Feb. 2021at Kilimo House, Nairobi
  • KMFRI Director, Prof. James Njiru (right) and Mombasa CD, Dr. Erick Okuku during the World Wetlands day on 2nd February, 2021 held at Sabaki Estuary, the celebration was officiated by the CS for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko who led government officials and communities in planting mangrove trees
  • Director KMFRI Prof. James Njiru (right) with Deputy Director Freshwater System, Dr. Christopher Aura (centre) and Ag. ADF, Kenya Fisheries Services, Mr. Simon Munguti (left) during the Launch of Electronic Catch Assessment Survey (e-CAS) system and Stake Holder’s Engagement and dissemination Workshop on Environmental Clean-up and Mentorship Framework at Sosa Cottages in Vihiga County on 4 - 5th Jan, 2021

Conservation International’s Vital Signs program and the Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) have launched an initiative to develop Kenya’s first aquaculture data management platform to support growth, resilience and sustainability of the sub-sector. 

Funded by the Open Society Foundations, the online platform will host an array of integrated aquaculture data sourced from government, private sector, research institutions and other stakeholders. This is envisaged to boost decision making related to sub-sector planning, investments, regulation, governance and disease control, among others.

Currently, aquaculture data is inadequate, inaccessible and fragmentary, hampering the development of the sub-sector that has significant potential in enhancing food security, rural livelihoods and economic growth.

Data categories in the platform will include production, environment, economics, livelihoods and governance. Under production, data on capture species farmed, yield, disease prevalence, production systems etc, will be accessed, whereas information on water quality, ecological impacts etc. will be available under environment category.  Economics section will contain data on input costs, profitability, market share etc, while data on salaries and job creation will be captured under livelihoods segment.  Data on laws, policies, strategies etc. will be available under governance category.  

 The platform development was officially launched on 18th August, 2021, in a virtual event bringing together key aquaculture stakeholders, who will also be part of the platform development process. Initial discussions centered on data sharing, data gaps and platform design.  

“Our vision is to develop a useful and relevant data platform that enhances decision-making by sub-sector actors. Previously, we’ve built a similar decision-support platform for the Ministry of Environment that integrated data on wildlife, forestry, agriculture and socioeconomic development and other key indicators, ” said Conservation International’s Senior Director for Conservation Science in Africa Dr. Peter Alele, during the launch.

KMFRI Director General/CEO Prof. James Njiru said a data-driven aquaculture sub-sector can contribute to meeting Kenya’s growing fish deficit, as production in the capture fisheries declines or stagnates. He said that currently, aquaculture produces 30,000 metric tonnes (MT) of fish annually against the demand of 400,000 MT.

“Lack of aquaculture data and information sharing has become a barrier to realizing the immense potential of the sub-sector. The data management platform will help change this. It’s my hope that all stakeholders will work as a team to make the platform a success,” he said.

The Kenya Fisheries Service Aquaculture Director Dr. Simon Macharia said the government is investing in data collection technologies and personnel to improve data quality and integrity for the benefit of all aquaculture players.

Kisumu County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries Gilchrist Okuom said the platform will be a “game changer” and expressed commitment by County Governments in scaling up data collection and sharing.

Conservation International Freshwater Director for Africa Leonard Akwany said availability of accurate aquaculture data through the platform will have multiple benefits to the sub-sector, including increasing access to finance, promoting a level playing field among operators, and reducing input costs.

 

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