Presentation and publication by scholarship holder Kevin Obiero

Kevin Obiero
Scholarship holder and PhD student Kevin Obiero presented a paper entitled "Knowledge management and investing in human resource capacity development for aquacultural education and training in Africa" at the Annual International World Aquaculture Conference. The conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 28th of June 2017.

The current paper reviewed recent initiatives to promote sustainable aquaculture development through improvements in education and training capacity, and innovations in the use of new web-based technologies, with emphasis on the use of digital e-learning tools. Furthermore the use of various digital e-learning platform tools and websites, that are expected to change aquaculture education and knowledge exchange are presented.

The authors offer four recommendations to increase aquaculture knowledge exchange and human capacity building in Africa:

  1. promote networking and mobility in aquaculture education and research;
  2. develop new generic skills and competencies approaches;
  3. continued professional development via e-learning and other innovative approaches;
  4. position lifelong learning in aquaculture studies.

Kevin Obiero is in possession of a M.Sc. Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Moi University (currently University of Eldoret) specialising in Aquatic Sciences and Aquaculture. He is currently pursuing his PhD studies at BOKU University, focusing on the role of extension systems in innovating aquaculture in Kenya, within the framework of the STRECAFISH project. Prior to starting his PhD research, Kevin was working as a research scientist at Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), based at Sangoro Aquaculture Research Station, where he is in charge of research programmes. To upgrade his skills and professional experience, Kevin has attended several short courses and training programmes at international level including; Agriculture in Transition at Wageningen University, Fish Base and Fish Taxonomy Training at Royal Museum of Central Africa, Belgium, and Scientific Academic Exchange Programme at Nagasaki University, Japan.