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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) was among many organizations that exhibited their products at the Nakuru Agricultural Society of Kenya Show that took place from June 29th to July 4th 2015.
KIPPRA was among other Semi Autonomous Government Agencies (SAGAS) and directorates hosted under the Ministry of Devolution and Planning umbrella. Apart from improving KIPPRA’s visibility, the event provided an opportunity to directly interact with the public and share policy ideas with stakeholders in the newly formed county government.
The show whose theme was ‘Enhancing technology in agriculture and industry for food security and national growth’ attracted hundreds of visitors, mostly students, researchers, government officials and businesspeople who were interested in the latest technological innovations and information in the agricultural field.
While officially opening the show, the Acting Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr Adan Mohammed, emphasized the need to embrace technology to enhance agricultural growth and ensure Kenya becomes an industrialized state in accordance with the Vision 2030.
Among the products that KIPPRA exhibited included policy papers on agriculture, food security, health, education, national cohesion and infrastructure, which mainly attracted university students and researchers. Many of them were very happy to find relevant publications on their specific areas of research.
Other prominent visitors to the KIPPRA stand included the Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, county officials and representatives from various non-governmental organizations.
However, some of the visitors admitted that they did not know much about KIPPRA and were only drawn to the stand by the colourful mix of KIPPRA branding colours, the banners and other branding items that were prominently displayed in the stand. KIPPRA staff were on hand to educate such visitors on what the Institute was all about and even handed them relevant publications for further reading and information.
Some of the visitors who wanted to know more about the Institute took their time to watch the KIPPRA documentary displayed on the plasma screen inside the stand.
Other visitors who knew about KIPPRA and had even interacted with the Institute in the past took the opportunity to air their views and respond to various issues touching on the Institute. One such visitor, Douglas Muhoho of Uwezo Fund, said after attending a recent forum by KIPRPA on policy formulation and operations for enhancing of financial delivery, he realized that many of the relevant parties, such as major banks, financial institutions and autonomous bodies loaning community groups, were not incorporated in the policy dialogue. He urged the Institute to ensure all relevant stakeholders were consulted in the course of policy formulation.
Some visitors suggested that KIPPRA should device a mechanism to monitor public policy implementation to the grassroots. Other subjects suggested for research include devolution, county budgeting, land reforms, youth fund for devolved governments, fish farming, entrepreneurship and SME support.