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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

Senior KMFRI scientists conduct self audit to enhance their institutional image and improve communication channels of research output in an effort to put a shine on addressing their mandate: By Dr. Melckzedeck K. Osore

KMFRI has embarked on an ambitious programme to improve its visibility and how it communicates research output countrywide. In a Webinar chaired by the Institute’s Director General Prof. James Njiru this week on 16th August 2021, which was attended by senior scientists from all the Directorates of KMFRI, an open discussion explored possible ways to enhance the Institute’s visibility and improve communication with local partners and also, most importantly, the community it serves.

KMFRI Headquarter Located along Ludwig Krapf Road, English Point, Mombasa, Kenya

The Webinar was hosted by Ms Jane Kiguta of KMFRI Corporate Communications & Public Relations (PR) and also attended by Mr. Sam Ng’ete and Ms. Edna Onkundi of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Ms. Priscilla Githui of Sales and Marketing.

The overall objective of the Webinar was to put a shine on KMFRI’s visibility and communication  channels. This is in recognition of the fact that although KMFRI’s research scientists are well know among their peers regionally and globally through their publications and other scientific output,  they are hardly known by community members in localities adjacent to centres and stations countrywide where they conduct their research. Consequently, the research they conduct is not well known and hence not fully appreciated by the local communities. This is also compounded by various reasons including the format in which the research results are packaged and the language in which it is communicated.

During the open discussion, the visibility of KMFRI research activities and feedback from stakeholders was discussed and approaches for improvement suggested. Various approaches of improving KMFRI’s visibility and its core activities as well as channels of communicating research output were explored. These included the need to invite media houses for briefings on project objectives prior to commencement of new research and thereafter the results on their completion was highlighted. It was pointed out that most projects have customized presentation templates that fade away once the research activities are completed. Therefore, an Institutional dissemination template integrating  how KMFRI’s core activities are linked to those of the funded projects was proposed.

Participants recognized the single most important asset in KMFRI’s possession – data sets on fisheries, marine and all aquatic environments of Kenya. These are available in various formats for use as raw data or value added products by partners and collaborators through formal arrangement. Inclusion of communication costs to be channeled through KMFRI for every operating project  was proposed, which will enable the institute to communicate how the project is aligned to KMFRI’s mandate, linkage to the prevailing strategic objectives and how it contributes towards attaining Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The need to communicating KMFRI’s research output in the national language of Kiswahili was emphasized. Use of indigenous languages on local FM radio/tv stations to disseminate research output effectively where KMFRI centres and stations are located for ease of understanding and participation by the local communities was also encouraged. Tabulated below is a summary of suggestions raised by the participants to improve KMFRI’s image and communication of research activities and eventual output as well as the proposed way forward.

Valuable experience-based insights from various KMFRI centres and stations were contributed by Dr. Paul Orina (Kegati), Dr. Chrispine Nyamweya (Kisumu), Dr. Kevin Obiero (Sang’oro), Dr. David Mirera (Mombasa), Mr. John Malala (Turkana), Dr. Domittila Kyule (Sagana), Ms. Lilian Daudi (Mombasa), Dr. Jacob Ochiewo (Mombasa), Dr. Jacqueline Uku (Mombasa) and Dr. Gladys Okemwa (Mombasa).

Summary of 10 Key Suggestions Raised and Way Forward Proposed

Enhanced Visibility/Improved Communication

Suggested way forward for KMFRI’s Prosperity

  • Communication Budget

Inclusion of project communication in all donor funded projects by KMFRI

  • Research and Public Relation

Enhance linkage between research and PR

  • Researchers profiles

Scientists to be proactive in updating their profiles regularly

  • Dissemination template integrated

Develop customized template for dissemination (KMFRI presentations, brochures, posters)

  • Review of communication activities

Regular meeting between scientists and the KMFRI communication

  • KMFRI Website

Re-design KMFRI website to be current and active

  • Inclusion of Kiswahili and local languages

a) Translate policy briefs, brochures and research outcome into Kiswahili b) use local FM radios

  • Media briefings to map out New and completed Projects

Invite media houses for briefing during commencement of project and dissemination of outputs

  • ICT and PR

Conduct regular meetings between ICT and PR

  • KMFRI Data sets

Develop on-line system of sharing metadata on past and present projects as well as archived data in KMFRI’s possession and use by partners

 

Marine and Coastal Systems

Freshwater systems

 

Aquaculture