2022 Ongoing projects

Research Area: Cereals and Allied Research

Project title: Fortified flour-based seaweeds and orphan crops for improved health and livelihoods in Kenya. (SEA-FORT). 

The goal of this project is to improve the nutrition and livelihoods of Kenyans by developing seaweed-amaranth-finger millet-fortified, nutrient-enriched, wheat-reduced and ready-to-eat bakery products acceptable to millions of consumers irrespective of their socio-economic status. The project’s specific objectives are: (1) characterize post-harvest handling and processing of seaweed, amaranth and finger millet; (2) profile the nutraceutical value of seaweed, amaranth and finger millet, (3) produce seaweed, amaranth and finger millet-fortified bakery products; (4) promote consumers’ awareness and networking of stakeholders for products commercialization.


Research Area: Marine, Fish and Animal Products

Project title: SolCoolDry Project: Development of Milkfish (Chanos chanos) and Kimarawali (Stolephorus delecatulus) Solar Drying-Cooling Technology. 

The project is designed to introduce a technology package for 100 % off-grid solar powered cooling and drying to improve quantity, quality and value of Milkfish and Kimarawali. This is to be achieved by developing a model solar powered hybrid cooling-drying system, establishing fish handling and processing centres at the coast, developing a quality system and recommended good production practises for fish handling and to produce longer shelf-life milkfish in Coast and Inland Markets.

 

Project title: CO-MARIFISH Project: Commercialize mariculture of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rabbitfish (Siganus argenteus) in Kibokoni, Mwazaro and Kijiweni in Kilifi and Kwale Counties.

Co-Marifish Project was designed to commercialize cage and pond culture of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rabbitfish (Siganus argenteus) in Kibokoni, Mwazaro and Kijiweni for better livelihoods of fisher communities in Kilifi and Kwale Counties.  The objectives of the project are to (1.) To mobilise and build the capacity of fishers and Beach Management Units to adopt cage and pond culture of fish for increased production and productivity: (2) To link fishers to markets for reliable access and economic benefits from fisheries. (3) Develop a system to enable fishers and BMUs of Mwazaro, Kibokoni and Kijiweni to have increased access to and use of fish production inputs; (4) Organise fishermen and entrepreneurs in Kwale and Kilifi to have access to and derive services from financial institutions for business development. (5) Build the capacity and support fishers and BMUs to adopt and demonstrate skills on new cage and pond mariculture technologies for business development along the fish value chain.