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Organisational Modalities of Farmer-Led Irrigation Development in Tsangano District, Mozambique

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dc.contributor.author Nkoka, Francis
dc.contributor.author Veldwisch, Gert Jan
dc.contributor.author Bolding, Alex
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-25T15:35:35Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-25T15:35:35Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9527
dc.description.abstract "This paper examines the organisational modalities of farmer-led irrigation systems in Tsangano, Mozambique, which has expanded over large areas with minimal external support. By looking at their historic development trajectories and the integrated nature of land and water resources, technological objects, and people three organisational modalities of irrigation system O&M are distinguished for furrow systems in Tsangano: communal systems, former Portuguese systems, and family systems. Each organisational modality is based on a particular development/investment history through which hydraulic property relations have been established and sustained. The findings cast serious doubts on the central tenets of neo-institutional policy prescriptions. This is particularly relevant as there is a renewed interest in large-scale irrigation development in Africa through public investment, after very limited investments between 1985 and 2005. Public irrigation investment in Africa has been widely perceived to have performed poorly. Farmer-led irrigation development, could be the basis for a cost-effective alternative to scale investments that can result in sustainable and pro-poor smallholder irrigation. The findings in this paper show how investments in infrastructure can create, recreate or extinguish hydraulic property and ownership relations, which can lead to collapse. Interveners should carefully investigate prior investment patterns and context-specific cultural logics that inform the sustainability of farmer-led irrigation development." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject design principles en_US
dc.title Organisational Modalities of Farmer-Led Irrigation Development in Tsangano District, Mozambique 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 Mozambique en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Water Alternatives en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 414-433 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US

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