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Cities Versus Agriculture: Revisiting Intersectoral Water Transfers, Potential Gains and Conflicts

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dc.contributor.author Molle, François
dc.contributor.author Berkoff, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-21T19:24:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-21T19:24:34Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4633
dc.description.abstract "Water demand management, or making better use of the water we have—as opposed to augmenting supply—is increasingly proposed as a way of mitigating water-scarcity problems. Moving water away from agriculture to uses with higher economic value is one of the main measures widely seen as desirable. Sectoral 'allocation stress' is often identified as resulting from four different observations: a) agriculture gets the 'lion's share' of all diverted water resources; b) agriculture is not only the main water user but also an activity that incurs by far the largest wastage; c) cities are 'thirsty' ; and d) water productivity in nonagricultural sectors is far higher than in agriculture. This apparent misallocation is often attributed to the failure of the government to allocate water rationally. "This report revisits this commonly-accepted wisdom and examines the nature of urban water scarcity, the relative importance of both physical and economic scarcity, and how cities secure funds for the development of their water infrastructure (or fail to do so)." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Research Report 10 en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject scarcity en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject urban affairs en_US
dc.title Cities Versus Agriculture: Revisiting Intersectoral Water Transfers, Potential Gains and Conflicts en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Field Report en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Urban Commons en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US

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