Kenya holds project planning meeting

Kenya holds project planning meeting

The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) held a country planning meeting on the ICRISAT-HOPE project on 12 and 13 August at the its headquarters in Nairobi.

The meeting organized by the project’s country coordinator Chris Oduori was aimed at giving the country project team, collaborating partners and key stakeholders an opportunity to understand the rationale of the project and what it promises, to deliver the results achieved so far and the way forward.

The meeting attracted major key stakeholders; KARI scientists from the project’s participating districts, ICRISAT scientists, representatives from Africa Harvest and the private sector. A total of 24 (16 men and 8 women) participated in the meeting.

In his opening remarks, KARI deputy Director Joseph Ochieng observed that finger millet, once referred to as an orphan crop, is an indigenous crop of immense benefits and should be promoted. Mary Mgonja, representing Said Silim, Director ICRISAT-ESA, outlined the history of the project and informed the participants that the project uses a new integrated value-chain approach that links market “pull” to technology- driven production.

Introducing millet activities in the country, Oduori gave the national production statistics, the current projects on finger millet and some of the achievements. A number of KARI scientists reported the finger millet production status in their respective districts; Franklin

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Simtowe, Henry Ojulong, Christin Schipmann and Mary Mgonja gave outlines and progress on objectives 1, 4, 5 and 6, respectively.