|Author:||Fernandez, S. ; Garces-Restrepo, C. ; Vidal, A.|
|Book Group Author:||NA|
Many irrigation schemes are caught in downward cycles of poor maintenance, poor water delivery performance and dwindling agricultural productivity and profits. The process of irrigation system modernization is described in five cases selected in the Mediterranean and West African regions. The paper describes the technical, managerial and financial aspects that accompanied institutional reforms. It identifies why the systems were modernized, and the impacts of the interventions on water use efficiency, water service quality, equity of water sharing and system sustainability. The paper summarizes lessons learnt that could make modernization processes more effective.
|Journal:||Water for a sustainable world, limited supplies and expandingdemand. Proceedings USCID Second International Conference on Irrigationand Drainage, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, 12-15 May, 2003|
case studies, crop yield, infrastructure, institutions,irrigation equipment, irrigation systems, maintenance, modernization,productivity, water distribution systems, water supply, water useefficiency, Mediterranean region, West Africa, Africa South of Sahara,Africa, Mediterranean countries, water supplies, Agricultural andForestry Equipment (General) (NN400), Soil Water Management (Irrigationand Drainage) (JJ800) (Revised June 2002) [formerly Soil WaterManagement], Natural Resource Economics (EE115) (New March 2000), PublicServices and Infrastructure (UU300)