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Water Grabbing and the Role of Power: Shifting Water Governance in the Light of Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment

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dc.contributor.author Bues, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Theesfeld, Insa
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-11T18:05:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-11T18:05:15Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7961
dc.description.abstract "In recent years, the trend for foreign actors to secure land for agricultural production in low-income countries has increased substantially. The concurrent acquisition of water resources changes the institutional arrangement for water management in the investment areas. The consequences of 'land-grabbing' on the local water governance systems have not so far been adequately examined. This paper presents an institutional analysis of a small-scale irrigation scheme in Ethiopia, where foreign and national horticultural farms started to use water from an irrigation canal that was formerly managed as a user-group common-pool resource by local smallholders. The study follows a qualitative case-study approach with semi-structured interviews as the main source of data. For the analysis we employed the Common-pool Resource Theory and the Distributional Theory of Institutional Change. We found that the former management regime changed in that most of the farmers’ water rights shifted to the investment farms. We found three key characteristics responsible for the different bargaining power of the two actor groups: dependency on natural resources, education and knowledge, and dependency on government support. We conclude that not only the struggle for land but also the directly linked struggle for water is led by diverging interests, which are determined by diverging power resources." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject water management en_US
dc.subject power en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject agricultural development en_US
dc.title Water Grabbing and the Role of Power: Shifting Water Governance in the Light of Agricultural Foreign Direct Investment en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.country Ethiopia en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 5 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 266-283 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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