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


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 relationship between project risk management process and the performance of National Irrigation Board projects in Kenya. Specifically, the study analysed the relationships between risk analysis on the perfomance of National Irrigation Board projects. This study was anchored on uncertainty 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 7 irrigations schemes under National Irrigation Board. 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 201 staff from the target population. Proportionate sampling was used to select the number of staff per category. 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 analysis positively and significantly relates with performance of NIA projects in Kenya. The study thus recommends management of irrigations schemes under National Irrigation Board to improve the practice of risk analaysis within their organization in order to improve their performance.

Keywords: Project Risk Analysis, Performance, National Irrigation Authority Projects 

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