Kisumu County directorate of Fisheries held the participatory rural appraisal (PRA) in areas identified as potential in aquaculture development to enable the community members to investigate, analyze and evaluate their problems and opportunities that will inform planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of their projects and activities.
The development areas include: Kobura in Nyando sub county, Muhoroni sub county and North Kisumu in Kisumu West sub county.
While addressing the community members on the significance of PRA, the program coordinator, Mr Kenneth Luga noted that with the aquaculture business development program (ABDP), planning and budgeting starts with the beneficiaries and that is why PRA exercise is very important.
He reiterated that PRA is an assessment and learning process that empowers beneficiaries to create the information base they need for participatory planning and action. During the exercise ABDP contributed facilitation skills. He elaborated further that different tools will be used to collect the information.
He emphasized the need for the community involved in the exercise to commit themselves to the exercise from the start to the end. He also explained that the exercise would involve walking and participation in various activities and at the end, the community members would be able to come up with community action plans which will be a very useful document.
By: Emily Mikwa