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dc.description.abstractIn Kenya's Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), livestock management is a pivotal aspect of sustenance and livelihood for the locals. Recognizing the significance of efficient livestock management, this study delved into the potential application of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology as a transformative tool for livestock management in Kenya’s ASALs. The focus of the research was influenced by a comparative analysis, specifically drawing insights from Botswana's Animal Identification and Traceability System (BAITS) where RFID- based Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS) has been successfully implemented. Against the backdrop of challenges in livestock management faced by Kenya's ASALs, the study aimed to unravel the determinants that contribute to the effective implementation of RFID technology. Utilizing a case study methodology, the research focused on three critical dimensions: communication channels, technology considerations, and the socio-environmental which were extracted from the Diffusion of Innovation Theory. The study drew lessons from Botswana LITS and highlighted the policy implications for Kenya in enhancing livestock management using RFID technology. Key findings underscored the role of communication channels in facilitating information dissemination among stakeholders. The choice of appropriate and reliable technology emerged as another determinant crucial for successful implementation. Moreover, a favorable social environment, characterized by a culture of adoption and compliance, significantly contributed to the effectiveness of RFID technology in Botswana's BAITS. Moreover, the study found out even though there are benefits that came as a result of the implementation of the technology, there were some challenges as well. Some include poor network coverage, limited ICT skills, workforce adaptation and privacy/security concerns.en
dc.publisherThe Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)en
dc.subjectRadio-Frequency Identificationen
dc.subjectLivestock Managementen
dc.subjectAnimal Identificationen
dc.subjectTraceability Systemen
dc.titleDiscussion Paper No. 312 of 2023 on Application of Radio-Frequency Identification Technology in Livestock Management in Botswana: Lessons for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenyaen
dc.typeKIPPRA Publicationsen
ppr.contributor.authorMatofari, W. Adrian & Omariba, M, Vivian

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