Project monitoring, evaluation and communication as factors in performance of community based agricultural projects in Bungoma County, Kenya
Nalianya Remmy Simiyu, Dr. Lucy Ngugi, David Minja
The success of agricultural projects, or any other types of projects, is dependent on many factors, among them market access in the agriculture sector, information access and effective us and the effectiveness of M&E practices. A project is considered successfully completed when all the management practices have been undertaken. The study investigated the influence of project management practices on the performance of agricultural projects by community based organizations in Bungoma County, Kenya. Out of that research, this paper examines how project communication and monitoring and evaluation influence the performance of agricultural projects in Bungoma County. The study used descriptive and explanatory research designs. It targeted 138 community project groups carried out by CBOs registered in Bungoma County. The study used stratified sampling to select 61 project groups from the target population. Primary data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire. Interviews were also conducted with 15 field officers. Descriptive statistics were computed to describe the characteristics of the variables whereas inferential statistics in form of simple and multiple regression were used to establish the nature and magnitude of the relationships between variables. Data analysis was done using SPSS version 22. Qualitative data was analysed through content analysis. On simple regression, project M&E practices were found to influence agricultural project performance. Project communication was insignificant and therefore had no influence on agricultural projects performance. The study recommends that the sponsors and management of agricultural projects develop programmes that integrate all the components of project management practices, including all aspects M&E, to achieve holistic success. The findings of this study can help the Ministry of Agriculture in planning of its activities and financing of agricultural projects in Kenya.