Maseno University embarked on a 136.7 million research on Lake Victoria following an agreement with Nagasaki University of Japan.
The study titled, ‘Collaborative Lake Victoria Comprehensives Research and Development’, was planned in liaison with the Centre for Research and Development (RESTECH) at a workshop in Kisumu late last year.
Maseno University and Nagasaki University signed a memorandum of Understanding for the study meant to explore ways to improve the state of the world’s second largest fresh water lake and its aquatic life.
Scientists drawn from the two institutions as well as the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Moi University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology are involved in the project’s activities.
Prof. Collins Ouma, the Director Research, Publications and Innovations at Maseno University, whose docket this project falls, has been driving the activities on behalf of Maseno University. Based on the existing data, the project is exploring the hydrodynamic and ecological models for Lake Victoria and gulf at large’, he said.
The project launched in February, 2014 is funded by the Japanese government with the Kenyan government expected to support 10% of the budget.
Prof. Ouma said additional studies on aquaculture and post-harvest technologies are currently being conducted and involve Beach Management Units (BMUs) to help develop acceptable fisheries innovation for adoption by local communities.
Furthermore, the project has caoacity-building component that ensures that there is adequate training of local scientists who can effectively continue implementing the program’s activities beyond its lifetime and enhancing sustainability.