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Institutional Reforms in Indian Irrigation

 
Ashok Gulati (Author) K.V. Raju (Author) Ruth Meinzen-Dick (Author)
Synopsis As water resources become increasingly scarce in India and demand only increases, the challenge of sustaining irrigation systems and the lands they serve is a matter of crucial importance. In particular, the livelihood of millions of farmers is threatened. India's canal irrigation systems, which have so far made an enormous contribution to food security, are now in crisis because of increasing competition for water, poor management and declining funding. The authors of this book examine the nature of large-scale surface irrigation systems in India, analyze they associated problems, and discuss the options for reform. They also assess the impact of several pilot reform projects. Among the other important issues discussed are The government's financial constraints and the political implications of farmers' demands; Viable options for institutional reform, including financially autonomous irrigation agencies and incentives for increasing farmers' participation in management; and The cost of irrigation development and the effectiveness of participatory irrigation management. With its solution-oriented and field-based perspective, this book will attract a wide readership. In particular, it is essential reading for all those involved in water resources, land management, natural resource management, and collective action.
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About the authors

Ashok Gulati

Ashok Gulati is currently Director in Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  Between 2001 and 2006 he was Director, Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at IFPRI.  Ashok Gulati has a distinguished record in policy analysis and advice.  He has several books and research papers to his credit, and he has also served as a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India, member of State Planning Board of Karnataka, etc. 

K.V. Raju

K.V. Raju is Senior Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies on Environment and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, Earlier, he has held various important positions including regional Planner, Agroclimatic Regional Planning Unit of the Planning Commission. He has also served as a social scientist with the Water Resources Management and Training Project of USAID and as a consultant to the World Bank.

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Bibliographic information

Title Institutional Reforms in Indian Irrigation
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178294354
length 322p., Tables; Figures.