On 5th August 2022. Prof James Njiru CEO-KMFRI had a collaborative meeting with Mr. K. Takarijanto Counsel Republic of Indonesia.
KMFRI Kegati hosts the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya in the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Mrs Vicky Pantazopoulou met the Assistant Director of Freshwater Aquaculture (Dr Paul Orina) to discuss possible research collaboration between KMFRI and Greek institutions.
KMFRI CEO, Prof. James Njiru with participants during a workshop in Kisumu on Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) project. KMFRI is collaborating with Kisii University and Bowling Green State University, USA.
CS, Sports and Heritage - Amb. Amina Mohamed (R), KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru, PS State Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy, Dr. Fred Owino among others, after the side event on Blue Economy investment sports and the Environment.
On 30th May 2022 KMFRI CEO Prof James Njiru (standing 4th left) launched Beach cleanups and community awareness at Congo Beach, Ukunda, Kwale County.
KMFRI in partnership with Kitanda Vzw handed over a fish farming project to the residents of Bamba, Kavunzoni, Goshi location in Kilifi county on 23rd May, 2022.
KMFRI CEO, Prof James Njiru (right) exchange collaboration documents with President of National Institute of Oceanography (NIOF) of Egypt Prof. Amr Hamouda during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Africa chapter meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 10th May, 2022
KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) met with Prof. Stuart Hamilton (middle) of Salisbury University in the United States today at the KMFRI Nairobi offices to discuss collaboration on new projects.
KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (right) with NHIF CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo during a meeting on 26th January, 2022 to discuss the enhanced comprehensive medical insurance cover for KMFRI staff
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.