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DETERMINANTS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF AGRICULTURAL PROJECTS IN KENYA A CASE OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD AUTHORITY (AFA)

 

Fellistus Lotee

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya

 

Dr. Josphine Mutiso, PhD

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya

 

CITATION: Lotee, F. & Mutiso, J. (2019). Determinants of Implementation of Agricultural Projects in Kenya: A Case of Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). International Journal of Strategic Management. Vol. 8 (5) pp 22 – 34.

ABSTRACT

 

This study sought to establish the determinants of implementation of agricultural projects at the Agriculture and Food Authority in Kenya. The study specifically focused on capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, community participation and access to resources as the independent variables and their influence on implementation of agricultural projects at Agriculture and Food Authority in Kenya. The study adopted a descriptive research design. The target population for the study comprised of 135 rolled out agricultural projects between 2013 and 2018. The unit of observation was the project managers in charge of the 135 agricultural projects by AFA across the country. The study adopted a census technique with respect to the unit of analysis which is AFA therefore ruling out application of specific sampling design and sampling technique. The study used primary data that was obtained from the project managers by use of structured questionnaires The study used descriptive statistics such as frequency distributions, percentages, frequency tables and pie charts to summarize and relate variables obtained from the administered questionnaires as well as inferential statistics of correlation and regression to capture the relationship between the independent and dependent variables. The study used SPSS to analyze the data. The study findings were then presented in form of tables, charts and graphs. The study established that community participation, monitoring and evaluation, access to resources and capacity building had a significant influence on the project implementation. The study concluded that project implementation was enhanced by access to resources, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Through community participation, the projects are effectively implemented. The study recommends that capacity building should be emphasized by creating awareness and training the farmers through which projects are effectively implemented. There should be adequate resources in terms of finances as well as involvement of the community members so as to enhance project implementation.

 

Key Words: Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Implementation, capacity building, community participation, resource allocation, Agricultural and Food Authority

 

 

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