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  1. KARI: Capacity for Research Dr. Ephraim A Mukisira Deputy Director (Research and Technology) Kenya Agricultural Research Institute


  3. Functional mandates • Planning, management, and implementation of agricultural research covering the nation • Institutional and human resources development • Advise Government and other bodies on agricultural science and technology • Liaise nationally and internationally • Dissemination of research proven agricultural technologies, packages, and findings • Source and expend fund on agricultural research

  4. Some Strategic functions • Custodian of the largest Genebank in SSA with over 450,000 accession • Custodian of the international reference for simsim and sunflower • Custodian of the international reference elite hard of Sahiwal and Boran • World reference for Rinderpest vaccines • World reference on wheat germplasm • Regional reference on biotechnology research

  5. Vision 2000-2010 An Institute of Excellence in Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer, contributing to an improved quality of life for all Citizens of Kenya.

  6. Mission statement 2000-2010 • An agricultural research institute, that develops and disseminates appropriate agricultural technologies in collaboration with stakeholders. • Contribute to the sustainable improvement in the livelihoods of Kenyan citizens by increasing agricultural productivity, post harvest value of agricultural and livestock products, and conserving the environment • Proactively seeks to acquire ad contribute knowledge and creative solutions that are participatory; client oriented, holistic, system oriented, gender sensitive and affordable by users

  7. Objectives 2000-2010 • Develop and validate appropriate technologies and knowledge • Develop and enhance appropriate participatory and consultative technology development approaches and methodologies • Disseminate knowledge and technologies and to catalyze the process of outreach and adoption of agricultural technologies • Contribute to and influence the development of Agricultural policy environment • Strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of KARIs Institutional capacity • Establish sustainable funding initiatives

  8. KARI’s Broad Research Programme areas • Food Crops research (cereals, root and tuber, legumes, pulses, etc) • Horticultural and industrial crops research (flowers, vegetables, fruits, cotton, herbs, spices, etc) • Animal Production and range research (dairy, beef, pastures and folder, small ruminants, range ecology, etc) • Animal health research (all animal diseases) • Socio-economics and Biometrics (crop, livestock and Natural resources, impact assessment, priority setting, etc)

  9. KARI’s Broad Research Programme areas • Land and water management (soil fertility, survey and conservation; vegetation survey; agroforestry; irrigation and drainage, GIS, etc) • Cross-cutting (Biotechnology, IDS, ATIRI, ARF, FSU) • Research activities range from strategic to adaptive • Implementing over 38 research programmes with more than 540 projects and activities at centres

  10. Human Resources capacity 2. Technical staff includes Laboratory technicians TAs, TO, LT, and Engineers.

  11. Human Resources CapacityScientists by Qualification

  12. KARI Optimal Staffing Requirements by cadre as January 2005

  13. Challenges of 2000 Strategy on HR • Increased institutional visibility creating new and many demands • Harnessing emerging frontiers of science (biotechnology, ITC, etc • Copping with rapidly changing national and international operating environments (national policies, international policies and reforms • Copping increasing brain drain • Financial sustainability

  14. Human Resources Implication • Human resource strategy, planning, and development • Performance management • Staff motivation and corporate culture • Introducing new skills • Multi-tasking and multi-centre deployment

  15. KARI Research Skills

  16. Training Priority Areas • Biotechnology • Breeding (crops/livestock) • Socio-economics • Productions systems • Policy and marketing

  17. END Thank you