Efforts in Africa covering fishery and engineering disciplines – The Path and achievement of the LAVICORD project –

Tadanori Fujino, Assistant Professor
Center for International Collaborative Research

A symposium was held on July 22, 2016, at the Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu to show the outcome of the Lake Victoria Comprehensive and Aquatic Environment Research for Development (LAVICORD) project. LAVICORD was conducted from February 2014 to September 2016 in cooperation with Nagasaki University(Faculty of Fisheries and School of Engineering), Maseno University, Moi University, and the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI). To improve residents’ quality of life and health, they conducted an environmental survey of lakes, purified water, and helped improve the fishery-industry based on their academic findings. Nagasaki University has made efforts in Kenya, primarily medical, for over half of a century, but has now become a new form of support in the fields of fisheries and engineering.

In this project, two research coordinators employed by CICORN, another research coordinator employed by LAVICORD, and one project manager cooperated with the Africa Research Station, Nagasaki University. Also, 10 faculty members of the Faculty of Fisheries and School of Engineering visited Kenya more than 60 times over the course of two years and gave advice on how to best handle the local circumstances.

Going forward, how the administrative agency around Lake Victoria and local universities utilize this project’s results is a task for them to handle. At the Tokyo International Conference on African Development IV (TICAD IV), which was held after the completion of the LAVICORD project, the Japanese government advocated an emphasis on supporting African nations, so we expect that our previous efforts in Kenya will contribute greatly to the social development of Africa.

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