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Application of Benchmarking and Principal Component Analysis in Measuring Performance of Public Irrigation Schemes in Kenya

Version 1 : Received: 29 August 2018 / Approved: 30 August 2018 / Online: 30 August 2018 (05:16:30 CEST)

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Muema, F.M.; Home, P.G.; Raude, J.M. Application of Benchmarking and Principal Component Analysis in Measuring Performance of Public Irrigation Schemes in Kenya. Agriculture 2018, 8, 162. Muema, F.M.; Home, P.G.; Raude, J.M. Application of Benchmarking and Principal Component Analysis in Measuring Performance of Public Irrigation Schemes in Kenya. Agriculture 2018, 8, 162.

Journal reference: Agriculture 2018, 8, 162
DOI: 10.3390/agriculture8100162

Abstract

The Inefficient water use, varying and low productivity in Kenya public irrigation schemes is a major concern.  It is therefore necessary to periodically monitor and evaluate the performance of public irrigation schemes. The performance of public irrigation in western Kenya was assessed by combining benchmarking methodology and principal component analysis. The aim was to quantify and rank the performance of pumped public irrigation schemes in Kenya. Eleven benchmarking indicators were computed for the period from 2012 to 2016 and compared to global benchmark values. The indicators used fall under agricultural productivity, water supply and financial performance categories. The computed agricultural productivity was 36%–51% in Ahero, 23%–42% in West Kano and 26%–50% Bunyala irrigation scheme. Water supply performance in Ahero, West Kano and Bunyala irrigation schemes varied from 24% to 58%, 3% to 49% and 19% to 43% respectively. Financial performance varied from 46% to 54% in Ahero, 25% to 32% in West Kano and 54%–56% in Bunyala irrigation scheme. An average overall performance efficiency of 46%, 39% and 31% was obtained in Ahero, Bunyala and West Kano irrigation schemes respectively. The performance of the irrigation schemes is very poor and measures on improving performance are needed.

Subject Areas

benchmarking; evaluation of performance; performance indicator; principal component analysis

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