KARI participates in the IAEA Scientific Forum 2011 on Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques, 20th to 21st September 2011, Vienna Austria

KARI participates in the IAEA Scientific Forum 2011 on Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques, 20th to 21st September 2011, Vienna Austria
Reported by: Isaya V. Sijali and Jane W. Wamuong

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KARI participates in the IAEA Scientific Forum 2011 on Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques, 20th to 21st September 2011, Vienna Austria

Reported by: Isaya V. Sijali and Jane W. Wamuongo

 

Front row Left to right: Mr. Isaya Sijali – KARI, Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak - Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology, Prof. Margaret Kamar – Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Jane Wamuongo – Assistant Director, NRM – KARI, Mr. Asman Kamama -Assistant Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, H.E. Ukur Kanacho Yatani - Ambassador of Kenya to the Republic of Austria

Back –L to R: Mr. David Mathenge – Green Belt Movement, Unidentified, Mr. Patrick Oloo – Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Mrs Yatani

Based on success of two projects supported by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Director KARI, represented by Dr. Jane Wamuongo – Assistant Director NRM, was invited to highlight the achievements in a high level scientific forum to show case the application of nuclear technologies in water management. She was accompanied by Isaya Sijali from KARI, Coordinator Irrigation, Drainage and Management of Problem Soils Programme and David Mathenge, from the Green Belt Movement, a partner in the irrigation project. The objective of the Scientific Forum was to engage Member States and other international stakeholders on key water issues jointly with the Agency, by informing them about possibilities of and demonstrate the added value of nuclear techniques through case studies of Agency/Member State cooperation and encouraging them to take further joint action.

Dr Wamuongo spoke on agricultural water management in Kenya and in Africa and the use of nuclear techniques to tackle water scarcity and improve on-farm water use efficiency in rainfed and irrigated agricultural systems. 

Key findings in irrigated agriculture

The long collaboration between IAEA and KARI to enhance irrigation use efficiency and improve soil and crop management practices that improve soil water storage and soil productivity for food security in Kenya and other African countries was highlighted. These included introduction of small scale drip irrigation systems among the Maasai community in Namanga, in collaboration with Green Belt Movement and AMREF and water management in greenhouses. An irrigation video that was produced by IAEA media on the irrigation project in Kenya was shown to the participants (follow U tube link below to watch the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbaTz8TO55E

Key findings in rainfed agriculture

She highlighted how integrated soil and crop management can help to alleviate drought and increase the resilience of the systems against the impacts of climate change and variability and showed a Video film showing KARI’s activities to address water management issues in rainfed agriculture (follow U tube link below to watch the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1c8M5sFUJU

Impact of the participation

About 180 people from many countries attended the session. This included the Kenyan delegation to the General Assembly of the IAEA that was led by Hon. Prof Margaret Kamar, Minister for Higher Education Science and Technology. The response to the Kenyan presentation was very good as member states felt encouraged that nuclear technologies were being shown to assist in solving farmers’ problems. The experience also showed how capacity developed over the years by IAEA and KARI was being used to generate appropriate technologies, not only for Kenya, but also extended to other African countries through capacity building and technology transfer by KARI.

 

Front row Left to right: Mr. Isaya Sijali – KARI, Prof. Shaukat Abdulrazak - Secretary, National Council for Science and Technology, Prof. Margaret Kamar – Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Jane Wamuongo – Assistant Director, NRM – KARI, Mr. Asman Kamama -Assistant Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, H.E. Ukur Kanacho Yatani - Ambassador of Kenya to the Republic of Austria

Back –L to R: Mr. David Mathenge – Green Belt Movement, Unidentified, Mr. Patrick Oloo – Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Mrs Yatani

Based on success of two projects supported by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Director KARI, represented by Dr. Jane Wamuongo – Assistant Director NRM, was invited to highlight the achievements in a high level scientific forum to show case the application of nuclear technologies in water management. She was accompanied by Isaya Sijali from KARI, Coordinator Irrigation, Drainage and Management of Problem Soils Programme and David Mathenge, from the Green Belt Movement, a partner in the irrigation project. The objective of the Scientific Forum was to engage Member States and other international stakeholders on key water issues jointly with the Agency, by informing them about possibilities of and demonstrate the added value of nuclear techniques through case studies of Agency/Member State cooperation and encouraging them to take further joint action.

Dr Wamuongo spoke on agricultural water management in Kenya and in Africa and the use of nuclear techniques to tackle water scarcity and improve on-farm water use efficiency in rainfed and irrigated agricultural systems. 

Key findings in irrigated agriculture

The long collaboration between IAEA and KARI to enhance irrigation use efficiency and improve soil and crop management practices that improve soil water storage and soil productivity for food security in Kenya and other African countries was highlighted. These included introduction of small scale drip irrigation systems among the Maasai community in Namanga, in collaboration with Green Belt Movement and AMREF and water management in greenhouses. An irrigation video that was produced by IAEA media on the irrigation project in Kenya was shown to the participants (follow U tube link below to watch the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbaTz8TO55E

Key findings in rainfed agriculture

She highlighted how integrated soil and crop management can help to alleviate drought and increase the resilience of the systems against the impacts of climate change and variability and showed a Video film showing KARI’s activities to address water management issues in rainfed agriculture (follow U tube link below to watch the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1c8M5sFUJU

Impact of the participation

About 180 people from many countries attended the session. This included the Kenyan delegation to the General Assembly of the IAEA that was led by Hon. Prof Margaret Kamar, Minister for Higher Education Science and Technology. The response to the Kenyan presentation was very good as member states felt encouraged that nuclear technologies were being shown to assist in solving farmers’ problems. The experience also showed how capacity developed over the years by IAEA and KARI was being used to generate appropriate technologies, not only for Kenya, but also extended to other African countries through capacity building and technology transfer by KARI.

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