WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Welcome to the official website of the Agricultural information Resource Centre which doubles as the National Agricultural Information and research Portal for the Republic of Kenya.

Visitors are welcome to explore this communication channel of the Centre which complements stakeholder engagements, agricultural extension, publications and media features in showcasing work done within the guidance of the Vision of “To be the choice centre of agricultural information, knowledge and skills in Africa and beyond” and Mission “To provide quality agricultural information and knowledge resources to the farming community and other stakeholders using integrated platforms.”

Visitors are also welcome to explore the website for more information about the structure, mandate and functions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries delivered through Agricultural information Research Centre websites.

The Ministry recognizes and prioritizes strategic communication and the use of modern online platforms to reach our various audiences. Visitors are therefore welcome to follow the links to our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and YouTube  and subscribe to the Ministry e-newsletter to keep up-to-date with vital information from the Ministry.

The Ministry Offices across the country are also open to the general public during official working hours for any consultation regarding the agricultural sector and related services.

For God and my Country

Mrs. Josephine Mbeo

Ag Director.

DIRECTORS OF AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTRE

NO. NAME DATE OF APPOINTMENT DATE OF EXIT FROM APPOINTMENT
1. Mr. D. Kangethe 15th January 1983 9th September 1988
2. Mr. I. R. Kiiru 9th September 1988 7th March 1989
3. Mr. S. M. Gacheru 7th March 1989 15th December 1997
4. Mr. E. O. Wanga 15th December 1997 18TH December 1998
5. Mr. J. K. Cheluget 18th December 1998 7th July 2002
6. Mr. C. Kang’e 7th July 2002 22nd December 2004
7. Mr. Z. M. Maraga 22nd December 2004 29th August 2006
8. Mrs. Grace Agili 29th August 2006 8th March 2016
9. Ms. Esther Magambo 8th March 2016 23rd September 2016
10. Mr. Antony Chemweno 23rd September 2016 8th November 2017
11. Dr. Isaiah Okeyo (PhD) 8TH November 2017 4th December 2019
12. Mr. Samson Nguta 4th December2019 6th June 2020
13. Mr. Henry S. Ngege 6th June 2020 16th December 2020
14. Mrs. Josephine Mbeo 16th December 2020 To Date

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

These units are responsible for handling specific elements of administration on behalf of the CEO or the AIRC Board.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

Customer care;

  • Staff responsibility;
  1. Listen carefully to what the customer requires
  2. Be helpful and courteous to the customer
  3. Never argue with the customer, remember the customer is always right
  4. Win the customers trust by knowing the products well
  5. Get regular feed back through the customer information forms
  • Customer responsibility;
  1. Take care of their own property and equipment
  2. Take care of the Centre’s equipment and property
  3. Ensure responsible use of the Centre’s facilities

Procedure for security;

Vehicles and persons;

  1. All vehicles entering and moving out of the Centre are inspected and recorded by the security staff at the gate
  2. All persons coming into the Centre during working hours are recorded at the reception area

All persons and vehicles coming in after working hours and weekends are  recorded by the security staff. The reason for their presence  at the Centre at odd hours is duly recorded

NOTE: The Centre is manned by CCTV CAMERAS

The Board of the Management (“Board”) has the ultimate responsibility to its stakeholders for the strategy and performance of the Centre in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner, and with the utmost integrity and objectivity. As such, the Board actively pursues best practice governance processes.

Good governance policies and processes are critical for ensuring that the Centre is governed in the best interests of stakeholders as a whole. With this point in mind, the Board has decided to articulate and formalize the corporate governance framework within which the Centre operates.

This document outlines the Centre’s corporate governance policy in the form of a Board Charter, which is a written policy document that defines the respective roles, responsibilities and authorities of the Board, both individually and collectively, and of Management in setting the direction and the control of the organization. As such, it establishes the guidelines within which the Directors and Officers are to operate as they carry out their respective roles. It does not in anyway constitute legal advice or act as a substitute for legal advice.

The “Principles of Good Corporate Governance and Best Practice Recommendations” form various recognized code principally the Commonwealth Association of Corporate   Governance

The Centre’s Board Charter has four major sections:

  • Part A – Defining Governance Roles;
  • Part B – Board Processes;
  • Part C – Key Board Functions; and
  • Part D – Continuing Improvement.

Commitments and obligations of AIRC Board of Management

  • Ensuring that public services are delivered in accordance with national laws, regulations and policies,
  • Ensuring modernization of the AIRC Information services by introduction of new technologies and innovative procedures and systems to improve service delivery;
  • Ensuring that public officers demonstrate professionalism, transparency and accountability in performing their duties and that they show courtesy, integrity and neutrality in dealing with citizens.
  • Setting comprehensive performance targets and ensuring their achievement.
  • Cascading the contract to all departments, sections, units, levels and cadres of employees and grass-root institutions for the purpose of complete integration of the process. The Centre develops a Performance Appraisal System (PAS) in order to link the institutional performance to that of individual employees.
  • Preparing employees in the organization for the desired changes in working styles, attitudes and work ethics.
  • Ensuring progressive realization of the Bill of Rights.
  • Developing/Reviewing and implementing strategic plan and ensuring that it is linked to MTP II.
  • Setting comprehensive performance targets and ensuring their achievements.