KIPPRA was among exhibitors at this year’s Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Mombasa International Trade Fair, which took place from 30th August to 3rd September 2017.
Themed ‘Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth’, the show attracted a total of 145 local and international exhibitors, up from 124 in 2016. And just like in previous shows, KIPPRA exhibited under the umbrella of the Ministry of Devolution and Planning.
The event presented an opportunity for KIPPRA to showcase its most recent research outputs and, more importantly, interact and engage with the public and other stakeholders as well as explain recent and ongoing research activities. Visitors got a chance to interact with KIPPRA staff, ask questions and pick KIPPRA publications, depending on their areas interest. Publications on agriculture, finance, education, infrastructure, governance and health generated the most interest. Visitors who had not heard about KIPPRA were mesmerized at the wide range of outputs from the institute.
However, a good number of visitors also challenged KIPPRA to be more visible and ensure that its impact is felt at the grassroots. They said the institute should be able to provide innovative and practical solutions to problems facing the country, such as hunger, drought, poverty and unemployment.
Some of the guests who stopped by the KIPPRA stand included Josephta Mukobe, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Special Programmes who commended KIPPRA for its contribution to national development through public policy research. A number of university lecturers and students were also drawn to the KIPPRA stand as they looked for publications to back up their research work.
While officiating the opening of the show, Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs Sicily Kariuki reiterated the importance of adopting modern technology to better yields and build resilience of crops and livestock to drought. The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by Dr William Kingi, the Mombasa Deputy Governor; Dr Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture; Mrs Annabel Kiriinya, ASK National Chairman; Mr Batram Muthoka, ASK Chief Executive Officer; and Ms Anisa Abdalla, Coast Branch ASK Chairman, among other officials.
Mombasa International Show was elevated in 2002 to an international status to attract investors and players in the agriculture, trade and tourism sectors.
The following are some of the areas visitors to the KIPPRA stand suggested for further research:
- The upcoming new curriculum
- Food security issues
- Drought mitigating measures
- Trade and tourism
- Technology and economic impact