Gladys Jerotich Kabutiei, Dr. Samson Paul Nyang’au, Dr. Yusuf Wanjala Muchelule


Risk and uncertainty are inherent to projects and the incidence of risk in agricultural projects is important to policymakers at national and international levels. Agricultural projects are subject to a wide range of risks due to the variable economic and biophysical environment in which farming operates. The general objective of this study was to investigate the relationships between risk planning on the perfomance of National Irrigation Board projects. The study also examined the moderating effect of stakeholders management on the relationship between risk management processes and the performance of National Irrigation Board projects. The National Irrigation Authority projects in Kenya were chosen as it is mandated to oversee the performance of national irrigation projects in Kenya. This study was anchored on five theories, namely; theory of change, enterprise risk management theory, uncertainty theory, and stakeholder theory. This study adopted a descriptive research design and a positivism research philosophy. The target population of this study was the staff in all the 8 irrigations schemes under National Irrigation Board. The irrigation schemes include Mwea Irrigation Scheme, Bura Irrigation Scheme, Tana hola irrigation Scheme, Perkerra Irrigation Scheme, Ahero Irrigation Scheme, Bunyala Irrigation Scheme, and West Kano Irrigation Scheme. The unit of observation was staff members under managers, deputy managers, supervisors, farm project managers, project team leaders, and farmers representatives. The study used a questionnaire for data collection. Primary data was collected using structured questionnaires and data was analyzed using SPSS. The study used stratified random sampling to select 205 staff from the target population. Proportionate sampling was used to select the number of staff per category. A pilot test was conducted to test the reliability and validity of the data collection instruments. The study conducted various tests including normality tests, multicollinearity, heteroscedasticity, and autocorrelation tests. The test of the hypothesis was done at a 95% confidence interval. The statistics generated were descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The study found that risk planning positively and significantly relates with performance of NIA projects in Kenya. The study thus recommends management of irrigations schemes to invest more in risk planning activities. This can be achieved if they develop clear goals and objectives, risk breakdown structure.

Key Words: risk planning, perfomance, risk management processes, stakeholders management

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