The Division of Cooperative Development Research and Innovation(CDRI) under the capable leadership of Prof. Isaac Nyamongo, is the custodian of the co-operative tradition and legacy of The Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) and is responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic linkages and partnerships with the industry to promote best practices through training, research and innovation. CDRI together with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has partnered to create an action research approach based on poultry and small ruminants vaccine which will see the Cooperative University of Kenya benefit from CA$ 1.55 million grant that is part of the $6.3 million announced for new LVIF research on women’s empowerment. The project is being carried under the theme “Gender Inclusive Distribution Systems for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya”. The project will be executed in collaboration with the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, The Cooperative University of Kenya, and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and is expected to take a period of 3 years.
The project will aim at creating and addressing vaccine awareness, access, and benefits of livestock vaccination. The project will be able to engender various contemporary after-effects like frameworks for vaccine delivery that heightens proficiency, use of vaccine among small-scale farmers particularly women and creating guidelines and protocols to engage county and national levels stakeholders. This indeed speaks well to the Government of Kenya Big Four Agenda under the pillar of Food Security and the success of the project will go a long towards the realization of the same. We take pride in the efforts that the CDRI Division has put towards winning the grant and wish them success as they embark on the implementation phase.