"The Government has set research priorities that address the most immediate needs of the nation and respond to the national development aspirations” Prof . George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education
- Support value addition and raise the manufacturing sector share of GDP to 15 percent by 2022;
- Focus on initiatives that guarantee food security and nutrition to all Kenyans by 2022;
- Provide universal health coverage, thereby guaranteeing quality and affordable healthcare to all Kenyans; and
- Provide housing to all Kenyans by targeting construction of at least 500,000 affordable houses by 2022.
The National Research Priorities 2018-2022 document has outlined how research can sup- port the four pillars to deliver on their tasks. It has also isolated academic research and development as the fifth area of focus. It notes that universities play a key role in the development of human resource for all production sectors of the economy through training and conducting research and development for the generation, curation and dissemination of new knowledge. They must, therefore, be supported to undertake these initiatives. The Commission, in consultation with stakeholders, has set research and development priorities, and coordinate the implementation of these programmes. It will also promote application of appropriate technologies in targeted areas.