PD/A CRSP External Evaluation Panel Takes Onsite Tour of Kenya Project
In November the PD/A CRSP External Evaluation Panel (EEP) completed its site tours of CRSP research locations with a visit to Sagana Fish Farm in Kenya, about 65 miles northeast of Nairobi.
EEP members Christine Crawford and David Cummins were joined by CRSP Director Hillary Egna on the visit.
The Kenya trip included a tour of the Embu area. Crawford and Egna-along with Jim Bowman, Kenya Project US Regional Coordinator, Oregon State University, William Njaremwe, African Bulldozer, and others-toured the area, visiting four ponds sites, three on-farm trials, and one new pond construction. The visitors had an opportunity to speak directly with farmers from the region about their aquaculture activities.
A tour of the Sagana Fish Farm itself on another day included meetings with students, Moi University faculty, and Kenya Fisheries Department staff.
The visitors dropped in on a workshop for new trainees at Moi University coordinated by Charles Ngugi, lecturer in the Department of Fisheries and CRSP Kenya Project co-principal investigator. Among others, Egna and Kenya Project co-principal investigators Karen Veverica, Auburn University, and Mucai Muchiri, Kenya Department of Fisheries, each made a short presentation at the opening ceremony of the workshop.
Crawford, Cummins, and Egna, joined by Muchiri, also had an opportunity to visit a government trout farm and a women's cooperative farm. As a finale before leaving again for Nairobi, the visitors observed a pond construction workshop at Sagana.
Before the Kenya arrival of EEP members Crawford and Cummins, Egna met with Kenya Fisheries Department Director Nancy Gitonga and Deputy Director Mr. Ayagu in Nairobi. Gitonga is Host Country Project Leader for the CRSP activities at Sagana.
Egna also stayed on in Kenya after the EEPs departure, presenting a poster at the USAID Bureau for Africa Workshop for Agriculture, Environment, Private Sector and Food for Peace Officers in mid-November.
Earlier EEP site visits this year were to Thailand in June and Peru in September. The EEP review process will continue through the CRSP annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, in January 2001, where EEP members will have the opportunity to meet with CRSP project participants whose sites were not visited and those whose work is not associated with a particular overseas CRSP research site. This in-depth five-year program review is required by BIFAD (Board of International Food and Agriculture Development).