It was found that the 10 worst performing counties in the country in the 2022 Economic Survey report were primarily located in dry and semi-dry regions that rely on pastoralism for their primary economic activity.
Part of Kenya's devolved units, Isiolo in the country's east produces less than 2% of the country's GDP (GDP)
The administration in Samburu has been plagued by suspicions of corruption, and the county is now one of the poorest in Kenya.
The least prosperous areas of Kenya have been identified in a research by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).
The 10 worst performing counties in the country in the 2022 Economic Survey report are concentrated in pastoralist-dependent dry and semiarid regions.
According to the survey, "animal production is the dominant economic activity in these areas, while the contribution of gross value added from other sectors including cultivating crops, manufacturing, transportation, and real estate was small."
There was only a 4.6% contribution to Kenya's GDP from the poorest 10 counties.
Kenya's 10 poorest counties
One of the devolved units that contributes less than 2% of GDP is the Eastern county (GDP).
During the study period, Isiolo added KSh 26 billion to the Gross County Product (GCP).
Gross county product (GCP) is the monetary worth of all the goods and services created within a certain county.
Samburu is the second most populous ethnic group in Kenya.
The Rift Valley county, where corruption charges have shaken the administration, was found to be one of the poorest in the country.
KSh 29.2 billion (2021 Kenyan Shillings) was Samburu's total economic output.
3. The Tana River
The KNBS report estimates the coastal county's GDP at KSh 29.8 billion.
Over 80% of the labor force is employed in agriculture and livestock production in this county.
With a GCP of KSh 32 billion, Lamu is the fourth poorest county in Kenya.
The county's economic impact on the nation is 0.3%.
During the time frame in question, the GCP value of Wajir Wajir was KSh 49 billion. Beef sold in Nairobi and Mombasa is sometimes shipped in from this area.
An internal power struggle between Governor Mohamed Abdi and his Deputy, Ali Muktar, has made headlines in the county.
The decentralized organization put fifteen times as much money into maintenance and operations as it did into new initiatives.
Mandera County was ranked as the third fastest-growing devolved entity in the country, while being one of the poorest in the country.
Due to the National Drought Management Authority's implementation of an unconditional cash transfer scheme, several counties, including Mandera, were able to receive aid despite the region's extreme aridity (NDMA).
Marsabit With a GCP growth of 7.2%, Marsabit was ranked as the fastest-growing county.
Despite this, it is remains one of Kenya's poorest counties.
County of Garissa is located in Northern Kenya. 641 deaths per 100,000 births was the highest in Garissa.
9. Tharaka Nithi
As the sole county on Mount Kenya, Tharaka Nithi is one of the least developed areas in the country.
10. Taita Taveta
Granton Samboja's coastline county is the tenth poorest in the country.
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