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Socio-economic baseline assessment for the Smallholder Irrigation Programme, Mount Kenya (SIPMK) Phase IV

Created by Rania Taha |

AHT GROUP GmbH together with its partner Bhundia Associates have commenced the socio-economic baseline survey for the fourth phase of the Smallholder Irrigation Programme Mount Kenya (SIPMK). The SIPMK is implemented in the framework of the bilateral cooperation agreement between the Government of Kenya (GoK) and the Government of Germany through the KfW Development Bank. It consists of three components:

Component 1: Smallholder irrigation scheme construction whereby six irrigation schemes will be constructed in the three counties of Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Kirinyaga

Component 2: Participatory irrigation management which entails capacity enhancement of irrigation and marketing cooperatives in the areas of irrigation operation and maintenance, agricultural production and marketing, and cooperative development

Component 3: Programme management and quality assurance for overall process management, procurement processes financial controls, communication with all stakeholders among others.

With this as a backdrop, a representative sample was selected for one irrigation scheme per county and a total of 230 households were interviewed using Survey Solutions as a tool for the design of questionnaires and data capturing. The survey aims to establish baseline values for selected socio-economic indicators which will serve as the basis for measuring the Project’s impacts and evaluating its outcomes. It also captures and describes information which will support the design and implementation of other Project components (e.g. establishing participatory irrigation management).

To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the survey implemented measures such as the regular antigen (self) testing of the survey team, the use of medical face masks, and where possible conducting the interviews in an open-air setting.