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Recognizing Informal Irrigation in West Africa

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Drechsel, Pay; Varma, Samyuktha
Date: 2007
Agency: International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Series: Water Policy Briefing, no. 26
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4679
Sector: Agriculture
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Africa
Subject(s): irrigation
indigenous knowledge
Abstract: "Informal irrigation, irrigation that is practiced by farmers without the reliance on planned, constructed irrigation infrastructure, is fairly widespread, not only in urban and peri-urban areas, but throughout Africa. Table 1 gives an overview about common systems in the West African subregion. The informal practice has largely arisen due to the freedom of individuals or groups to react to market demand or their own needs, and their ability to maintain their own systems, while the planning and operation of 'formal' irrigation infrastructure is hampered by a large variety of constrain."

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