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  • Principal Secretary, University Education and Research, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi (centre) with CEO of National Research Fund (NRF) and KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (left) during a tour of KMFRI cage culture at Kibokoni, Kilifi County, a project funded by NRF on 24th September 2020
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru, gives a press briefing during the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) at KARLO, Naivasha. Prof. Njiru underscored the need for aquaculture farming saying that it is the only way that a country could meet the fish demand in the country as opposed to relying on capture fisheries.
  • KMFRI Director Prof. James Njiru (4th right) accompanied by Mr. Abraham Kagwima (3rd right) and Dr. Dr Peter Odote (far left) visited KEFRI Enterprises on 11th August 2020 to learn how their successful business wing works. The model is being adopted by KMFRI Enterprise.
  • Inception and sensitization meeting: The project implementation team is led by KMFRI with research scientists Dr. Kevin Obiero (left), Dr. Domitila Kyule, Ms. Fonda Jane Awuor and Esther Wairimu.

October 2, 2017 marked a major milestone towards closure of the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP). Development Impact Consultants (DIC) - the firm assigned to conduct the End of Project evaluation led by Mr. Stanley Karuga and Mr. Raphael Kabando presented the achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from KCDP during its six years of implememntation. 

Dr. Renison K. Ruwa (2nd Left) representing KMFRI Director is flanked by World Bank Staff (L-R)Ms Banu Setlur, Mr. Michael Carroll and Project Task Team Leader Ms Veruschka Schmidt

In the presentation, KCDP initiatives with direct community involvement such as seaweed and fish farming in Kwale county, as well as the various Hazina ya Maendeleo ya Pwani (HMP) projects in all the six coastal counties were cited as the most successful. The impressive performance was attributed to high demand for project implementation, significant leveraging of external resources and relevance of the projects, which resonated well with communities. 

DIC presentation was a key aspect of the World Bank Mission on Implementation Completion and Results (ICR). This is an integral part of the World Bank's drive to increase development effectiveness, through a continuous process of self evaluation, lesson learning and application, sharing of knowledge and being accountable for results. 

The lessons learned from ICR will improve the quality and effectiveness of Bank loans/credits to Kenya especially for follow-on operations – considering that a new fisheries project is being considered. Participation in the ICR process enhances proposed designs, preparation, and implementation of the proposed project. 

This World-Bank Mission follows completion of KCDP on June 30 this year and the consulting. The Mission was hosted by KMFRI Deputy Director Dr. Renison Ruwa and attended by Directors and Senior representatives of all the seven KCDP implementing agencies, the National Treasury and Public Works. The World Bank was represented by Project Task Team Leader Ms Veruschka Schmidt, appointed Head of the ICR activities for KCDP Mr. Michael Carroll and WB specialist Ms Banu Setlur. Also in attendance were 36 staff of all the KCDP agencies led by the Project Manager Dr. Jacqueline Uku, Component Managers Dr. Melckzedeck K. Osore, Mr. Kennedy Shikami, Mr. Adan Kala and Mr. Geofrey Rono, and the Technical Coordinators from KMFRI, KeFS, KWS, CDA, DPP and NEMA. 

Participants gave their input emphasising on the sustainability of the project deliverables. The Mission will be in Kenya for the whole week till 6th October, and their itineraty will include field visits to appreciate community initiatives and infrastructure on the ground.

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