4th National Conference to disseminate results of on-going research funded by the Kenya Government is underway in Nairobi writes Dr Melckzedeck K. Osore
The Kenya National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology has been administering grants for Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) since 1977. The main purpose of these grants is to support scientific research and technological innovation.
Status of innovative researches funded by NCST between 2008 and 2011 has been reported during the on-going 4th National Conference for Dissemination of Research Results and Exhibition of Innovation. The event is currently underway from 3rd to 6th May, 2011 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi.
Among the beneficiaries of the ST&I Grants over the past three years are members of FARI, WIOMSA and scientists of affiliate institutions such as the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), University of Nairobi (UoN) and South Eastern University College (SEUCO). Other institutions where researchers have obtained ST&I grants include Mombasa Polytechnic University College (MPUC), Maseno University (MaU) and Kenyatta University (KU). Some of the innovative concepts were spin-offs from completed projects funded by WIOMSA. Some of the investigators, projects and institutions affiliated to WIOMSA in research on the coastal, marine and aquatic environment are listed below.
The event of the 4th National Conference and the full list of beneficiaries of the ST&I Grants are featured in the Daily Nation Newspaper – Wednesday 4th May, 2011.
In his message to inaugurate the event, the Chief Executive of NCST, Prof Shaukat Abdulrazak said his Council supports the Kenya Vision 2030 of attainment of a globally competitive and prosperous nation with high quality of life by 2030 through its mandate of advisory, promotion and coordination of ST&I.
At a closely related function to commemorate World Intellectual Property Day the previous day, Prof Abdulrazak said, “Kenya allocates a paltry 0.3 % of its Gross Domestic Product to science and innovations and this is not enough to stimulate economic growth to the levels expected to achieve Vision 2030”.
“Innovation is the backbone of development and should not take a back seat as it is in Kenya,” Prof. Abdulrazak lamented. “Comparatively, Kenya ranks poorly with South Africa, which registered 462 patents between 2005 and 2009 to Kenya’s 24 in the same period”.
Full text of his message is available at: http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/Innovate+for+growth+urges+science+team/-/1006/1151084/-/ub94i3/-/index.html
Innovative researches funded by NCST between 2008 and 2011
||Funded research projects
|Mr. Peter Oduor-Odote
||A hybrid solar tunnel and windmill system for fish drying at Kipini in the north coast of Kenya
|Dr. Edward Kimani
||Culture sustainability of selected coral species for the ornamental export market.
|Dr. Laila Uweso Abubakar
||Microalgae species biodiversity and abundance and their potential for biofuel in Kenya
|Dr. Richard Oginga Abila
||Crossing the Digital Barrier: Assessing viability and impacts of using modern communication technology on fish marketing systems of Lake Victoria
|Dr. William Oweke Ojwang
||Critical trans-boundary resource: Assessment of ecological and socio-economic importance of River Omo wetland, Lake Turkana, Kenya
|Mr. Samson Odira Omollo
||Tudor Creek rehabilitation for sustainable livelihood enhancement
|Dr. John Radull
||Evaluating the productivity and efficacy of enhanced-density integrated fish horticulture farming using harvested roof catchments water
|Dr. Johnson U. Kitheka
||Promotion of surface runoff and rainwater harvesting for application in aquaculture and horticulture development in Kitui District, Kenya.
|Dr. Peninah Aloo-Obudho
||Development and evaluation of value added products from Rastrineobola Argentea (Omena) for increased income, empowerment and poverty alleviation among women processors in Homabay, Migori and Rachuonyo counties.
|Dr. Joyce Maina
||Enhancing sustainability and commercialization of aquaculture through best production practices, value addition and partnership development