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Where Water Seeps!: Towards a New Phase in India's Irrigation Reforms

 
A Narayanamoorthy (Author) R.S. Deshpande (Author)
Synopsis History of irrigation reforms in India dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. A number of studies have addressed to the need and process of reforms but these largely ended with two rhythmic suggestions involving pricing of irrigation water and participatory management of the sources of irrigation. It is startling to note that most of these solutions are a century old. The authors have provided evidence that these reform solutions began from the very First Irrigation Commission Report of 1903, and continued thereafter, reappearing periodically almost after every two decades albeit with fragmentary success. This study integrates efforts of the authors incorporating more than a decade’s sustained work addressing to the question of irrigation reforms in the current context. The authors preferred not to take the usually treaded path and at the same time not totally avoiding it analytically. After taking a thorough review of irrigation sector, the authors first map the problems and locate the crevices where from the water seeps. Following this, they chart out a corridor that reaches a technology based reform process. Their methods and conclusions are based on hard empirical evidence and rigorous analytical tools. It is quite refreshing to read that some of the usual reform tenets are challenged from their basics, to hammer home the point about their sporadic success. The efforts of the authors do not stop at just pointing out the failure but they go beyond to seek refreshing and sustained solutions.
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About the authors

A Narayanamoorthy

A. Narayanamoorthy is currently working as Reader and Officer-in-Charge, Agro-Economic Research Centre, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Deemed to be a University), Pune. Dr. Narayanamoorthy has been working in the area of irrigation including micro irrigation and watershed management over the last 15 years. He has published over 75 research articles in both international and Indian journals, and completed over a dozen research projects mainly in the area of irrigation. He has also acted as a consultant for a project on Impact of Irrigation in India: An Aggregate Level Analysis sponsored by the International Water Management Institute, Colombo. He has co-authored two books: An Appraisal of Watershed Development Programme Across Regions in India and State of the Indian Farmer: A Millennium Study (Vol. 3: Water Resources) sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and published by Academic Foundation (2004).

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R.S. Deshpande

R.S. Deshpande is currently Professor and Head of the agricultural Development and Rural Transformation (ADRT) Unit of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. Beside 29 years of research and reaching experience, Professor Deshpande has served on various policy bodies of Government of India and Government of Karnataka, and has been consultant to several national and international organizations. Prof. Deshpande was one of the three coordinators for the Ministry of Agriculture sponsored 27-volume mega study State of the Indian Farmer: A Millennium Study published by Academic Foundation (2004). He co-authored two of the volumes under the Millennium Study, namely Vol. 9: Crops and Cultivation and Vol. 23: NGOs and Farmers’ Movements. Having several other books to his credit, he has published extensively on agricultural development. WTO and its impact on agriculture, droughts and drought mitigation, farmers’ movements, irrigation and watershed development. His current academic interests include: farmers suicides in India, droughts and natural disasters, WTO and its impact on agriculture, and watershed development. Prof. Deshpande is currently a member of the Karnataka Agricultural Prices Commission and an Expert Group on WTO and Agriculture under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.

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Title Where Water Seeps!: Towards a New Phase in India's Irrigation Reforms
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8171884210
length 302p., Figures; Tables; References; Index; 23cm.