EFFECT OF ADMINISTRATIVE DECENTRALIZATION ON LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION IN GARISSA COUNTY, KENYA

Issa Yarow Kahin1 and Dr. Wilson Muna, PhD2

1,2Kenyatta University, School of Humanities and Social sciences, P.O Box 43844-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

ABSTRACT
Since the commencement of the implementation of a decentralized system of administration in livestock production, little, if any strategies have been fully supported in a bid to mitigate against droughts. There is scanty knowledge and evidence on this subject. This study is expected to inform theory and practice by interrogating the administrative function, drawing lessons from Garissa County which depend on this trade for its sustainability. Drought remains the single most cause of loss of livestock. Trends indicate that in 2012, the percentage of animals that died as a result of drought was 23%, 24% in 2013, 22.5% in 2014, 20% in 2015and 23% in 2016. This scenario puts into question the relevance and effectiveness of draught mitigation measures being implemented by the county government. The study employed descriptive case study design, using a semi structured questionnaire to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. The findings indicated that the county administrative structure was not responsive to the strategic policies set up to create sustainable solutions. Results of the study also revealed a breakdown of communication between government officials and the communities. Feedback from the livestock keepers was not effectively communicated through established administrative structures. Also, findings indicated that delayed disbursement of finances negatively affected the delivery of livestock production in the county.

Keywords: Administrative Decentralization, Livestock Production, Resources

Cite this article:
Kahin, I.Y. & Muna, W. (2019). Effect of Administrative Decentralization on Livestock Production in Garissa County, Kenya. International Journal of Arts and Commerce, 8(10), 19-36.