Abstract: The objective of this study is twofold; one, is to assess the impact of Technological Decentralization on Livestock Data Management and two, is to test the moderating effect of Blockchain Technology between Technological Decentralization and Livestock Data Management in Kenya. Technological Decentralization relate to the shift from concentrated distributed modes of technology governance while Blockchain Technology is a distributed encrypted database that serves as incorruptible repository of information. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey design and questionnaires on a 5-poing likert scale to collect data from 361 respondents from institutions dealing with livestock-related-data. All metrics for Technological Decentralization, Blockchain Technology and Livestock Data Management were analyzed. Hierarchical regression results show that Blockchain Technology positively and significantly moderates between Technological Decentralization and Livestock Data Management. Considering the value of livestock data, enhancing Technological Decentralization and adopting the use of Blockchain Technology, institutions and governments can have leverage on Livestock Data Management.
Keywords: Blockchain Technology, Livestock Data Management, Technological Decentralization, Trust, Traceability
| DOI: 10.17148/IJARCCE.2020.9509