Albert Miruka Otieno, Dr. Yusuf Muchelule


A functional irrigation system is essential to guarantee the productivity of agriculture in Kenya. Countries that have implemented sustainable irrigation systems in their arid and semi-arid regions are experiencing substantial advantages worldwide. Monitoring and evaluation practices play a crucial role in enhancing the overall efficiency of project planning, management, and implementation. This study general objective is to determine the role of Monitoring and Evaluation practices and performance of Irrigation Projects in Siaya County, Kenya. The study was guided by the following objectives; influence of M&E planning and M&E Training on performance of Irrigation Projects in Siaya County, Kenya. The study was conducted in Siaya County, Kenya from October 2023 to February 2024. The study adopted a descriptive research design to collect data from a study population of 447 project members from 16 irrigation projects within Siaya County, Kenya. Stratified random sampling was used to choose a sample of 211 participants from whom primary data was collected using a questionnaire. The study conducted a pilot test and tested for content validity and reliability through Cronbach Alpha Coefficient. The reliability results indicated that all the items in the questionnaire were reliable. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 28 for inferential and descriptive statistics. The response rate for the study was 81% as only 170 questionnaires out of the 211 distributed were returned. The study employed both descriptive and inferential statistics. The Pearson product moment correlation coefficient was utilized in determining the link between the dependent and independent variables. The results demonstrated a robust, statistically significant, and positive correlation between the dependent and independent variables. A multilinear regression analysis was utilized in assessing the relationship between monitoring and evaluation practices and project performance. The findings revealed that a unit increment in M&E planning and M&E training corresponded to increase in project performance by 0.364, and 0.377, respectively. The study concluded that M&E planning and M&E training significantly enhance project performance. Therefore, the study recommended that irrigation schemes and projects in Kenya should devise comprehensive strategies to effectively implement these independent variables, thereby positively influencing project performance.

Key Words: Monitoring and evaluation practices, Irrigation Projects, M&E planning, M&E Training, Siaya County, Kenya

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