Managing Drought Through Water Markets: Farmer Preferences in the Rio Grande Basin

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Year Published: 2008
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Author: Hadjigeorgalis, E.
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Managing drought in agriculture has taken on growing importance as population growth and environmental concerns place increasing pressures on agricultural water use. One alternative for agricultural water resource management in areas of recurrent drought is allocation through market mechanisms. While past research has aimed to explain why farmers are reluctant to participate in already established water markets, this research seeks to identify the appropriate market mechanism given farmers' preexisting attitudes toward water markets. Statistical analysis of survey data from 166 farmer interviews in the Rio Grande Basin indicate that farmers are significantly more likely to participate in short-term water mechanisms, such as spot water markets and water banks than in permanent transfer mechanisms, particularly those that fully separate water rights from land. In sharp contrast to expectations, the choice of market mechanism did not differ significantly between farmers based on their a priori intention to buy, sell or both buy and sell in these markets. Choice of market mechanism also did not differ among farmer types although small, lifestyle or hobby farmers clearly preferred spot water markets to other types of short-term mechanisms. Evaluating these attitudes a priori may help to design more suitable water market mechanisms for the basin.

Pages: 594 - 605
Volume: 44
Number: 3
Journal: Journal of the American Water Resources Association
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ISSN: 1093474X

statistical analysis, farmers' attitudes, water rights,interviews, water management, drought, water use, water allocation, RioGrande River, New Mexico

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