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Assessment of Participatory Management of Irrigation Schemes in Sri Lanka: Partial Reforms, Partial Benefits

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dc.contributor.author Samad, Madar en_US
dc.contributor.author Vermillion, Douglas L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:37:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:37:35Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-04-15 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2003-04-15 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1537
dc.description.abstract "The worldwide interest in, and support for, transferring the management of irrigation schemes from public agencies to water user groups and other non-governmental organizations, has prompted considerable research on various aspects of irrigation management reforms and their impacts. This has resulted in a wide range of opinion on the subject. The need for strong political support for the program, clear policy direction, alternate strategies for irrigation management, well defined water rights and clarity about the process of creating farmer organizations and conditions for successful management transfer are some of the major issues discussed in the literature (Johnson III et al, 1995; Giejer et al, 1995; Meinzen-Dick et al, 1997; Vermillion, 1997). Yet, there is little systematic, comparative evidence to date on the impact of reforms on irrigation management performance, government finances, and the farming community (Vermillion, 1997). With some exceptions (e.g. Svendson and Vermillion, 1994; Vermillion and Garces-Restrepo, 1996) most studies that deal with impacts of irrigation management reform refer to short-term and immediate results. "To support systematic documentation of international experience with irrigation management reforms and their impact on the performance of irrigated agriculture, the International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI) developed a standard methodology to assess and compare irrigation management transfer (IMT) in a variety of settings. This paper reports the results of application of the methodology to assess the impact of irrigation management reforms in Sri Lanka. The study was designed and implemented with two objectives in mind: first, to field test the proposed methodology and second, to determine what effects management reforms had on the performance of irrigation management and irrigated agriculture in Sri Lanka. "The paper begins with overview of irrigation management reform programs in Sri Lanka. We then outline the methodology. The next section presents the results of applying the methodology in Sri Lanka. The final section reviews the methodology and concludes with some general comments on the Sri Lankan case-study." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources--case studies en_US
dc.subject farmer-managed irrigation en_US
dc.subject water users' associations en_US
dc.subject participatory management en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.title Assessment of Participatory Management of Irrigation Schemes in Sri Lanka: Partial Reforms, Partial Benefits en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 10-14, 1998 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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