AIAP Celebrates its first Anniversary
The Association of Irrigation Acceleration Platform, AIAP, was officially registered by the Registrar of Societies on 20th December 2019. Immediately in January 2020, the nascent Association embarked on setting up operational structures including constituting the formative Steering Committee. By February, the Steering Committee had met twice and planned a number of activities, including the launch of the Association slated for the first quarter of 2020. But alas! In March 2020, COVID-19 presence was declared in Kenya and the country went into a lock down. This derailed the planned launch and things slowed down, but the Steering Committee continued to meet through the virtual space. Meanwhile, the website was set up, and by July, prospective stakeholders contacted. By October, the physical office of AIAP was opened at the National Water Plaza in Industrial Area, Nairobi. This is now the operational Secretariat of AIAP manned by our staff. By December 2020, AIAP had claimed its space as the premier Irrigation Association in Kenya, functioning and ready to take on the mantle of building the best Irrigation Association in Africa. Despite a tumultuous year, we at AIAP felt there was reason to celebrate the one year of the existence of the Association. Thus, on 21st December 2020, we shared a cake as we charted bold plans to actualize our mission of “Taking Irrigation to the Next Level in Kenya”.