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PD/A CRSP Aquanews-Summer 2002

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Aquaculture Experts Convene in Nairobi

Africa Region Expert Panel Members, from top left: Mucai Muchiri, Aboubacar Toguyeni, J.F. Baroiller, Stella Williams, Fatma Hafez, Pierre Justin Kouka, Kwamena Quagrainie (Photos By: Kevin Fitzsimmons), Daniel Jamu, Danie Brink, and Nancy Gitonga (Photo By: Gwyn Newcombe).

he PD/A CRSP convened the third and last of a series of regional expert panel meetings in July 2002 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Africa Expert Panel members were selected based on their area of expertise and disciplinary focus, region, and gender. Expert Panel members, among them three women, included biologists, social scientists, and engineers. Individuals hailed from Egypt, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, and Congo. As panel members their objective was to participate as representatives of the region as a whole rather than of subregions.

The panel meeting took place on 8 July. After the meeting, many of the panelists participated in a tour of the Sagana Fish Farm, just northeast of Nairobi, and of Moi University in Eldoret, which is several hundred miles to the northwest.

The PD/A CRSPs current grant extends through July 31, 2003. In 2001, the PD/A CRSP convened a Proposal Planning Executive Committee (PPEC), whose objective is to coordinate and lead the planning effort for the next continuation proposal to USAID. The first phase of information gathering was a stakeholder meeting held in Honduras in August 2001. The second phase of information gathering involved three expert panel meetings for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Asia Region, and Africa Region. Each panel had 10 experts, as well as a chair and a facilitator from PPEC. Panel members came to the meeting having previously reviewed a broad selection of relevant literature.

Panelists were asked to consider, "What are the issues that constrain small-holder fish farms from becoming more successful in the [relevant] region?") and "What are the researchable priorities arising from these constraints?" Based on the constraints and researchable priorities identified in each of the three panels, the PPEC developed a synthesized set of global researchable priorities both for a five-year proposal and for the Request for Proposals for the Eleventh Work Plan. (Proposals submitted in response to that RFP are currently undergoing panel peer reviews.)

The Expert Panel meetings for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region and for the Asia Region took place respectively in San Diego, California, in February, and Beijing in April.

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