The Kenyan Meteorological service, www.meteo.go.ke, is currently one of the groups in the process of digitizing their upper air data.
When Martin Munkhondya visited the Kenya office to train its staff, he was kind enough to take some photos of the people involved with the project. Thanks Martin! Here are several recent photos of the people involved with the data rescue project.
Ethnic groups: Kikuyu, Luhya, Luo, Kalenjin, Kamba, Kisii, Meru, other African, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab)
Language: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
Religion: Protestant, Roman Catholic, Muslim, indigenous beliefs, other
Median age: 18.6 years
Life expectancy: 56.64 years
GDP per capita: $1,800/year
Refugees: 173,702 (Somalia); 73,004 (Sudan); 16,428 (Ethiopia)
Industries: Small-scale consumer goods (plastic, furniture, batteries, textiles, clothing, soap, cigarettes, flour), agricultural products, horticulture, oil refining; aluminum, steel, lead; cement, commercial ship repair, and tourism
Economy: Kenya has been hampered by corruption and reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low. In 1997, the IMF suspended Kenya’s Enhanced Structural Adjustment Program due to the government’s failure to maintain reforms and curb corruption. A severe drought from 1999 to 2000 compounded Kenya’s problems, causing water and energy rationing and reducing agricultural output. As a result, GDP contracted by 0.2% in 2000. The IMF, which had resumed loans in 2000 to help Kenya through the drought, again halted lending in 2001 when the government failed to institute several anticorruption measures. Despite the return of strong rains in 2001, weak commodity prices, endemic corruption, and low investment limited Kenya’s economic growth to 1.2%. Growth lagged at 1.1% in 2002 because of erratic rains, low investor confidence, meager donor support, and political infighting up to the elections.
Reference: CIA World Factbook: Kenya