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Farmer-Financed Irrigation : The Economics of Reform - Leslie E. Small

Farmer-Financed Irrigation

The Economics of Reform

Hardcover Published: 25th October 1991
ISBN: 9780521380737
Number Of Pages: 248

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In this book, Leslie Small and Ian Carruthers examine in detail the potentials and limitations of user fees for financing irrigation operation and maintenance. Both authors have extensive field experience in irrigation in developing countries and have combined this experience with simple concepts of economics to examine possible institutional and financial reforms that would not simply ask farmers to pay for an inadequate irrigation service, but would create the potential for significant improvements in the quality of the service provided. The proposed elements of any such reform are discussed in depth--a system of user fees covering the recurrent costs of irrigation; a financially autonomous irrigation agency that can retain and use the fees to operate and maintain the irrigation facilities; and a macro policy environment that is not unduly skewed against the agricultural sector.

"Leslie Small and Ian Carruthers have written a lucid, policy-oriented book about this challenge and options for meeting it. Drawing on strong familiarity with a wide range of cases and making a significant effort to apply basic neoclassical economic insights in an understandable matter, the book identifies and reviews many of the key issues...this is a clearly written and exceptionally well-grounded book. It addresses an important policy issue in comtemporary international agricultural development policy." Bruce Koppel, Rural Sociology

Irrigation financing in perspective
Key economic concepts
Conceptual framework
Cost-effective OM
Water-use efficiency
Improving investment decisions
Resource mobilisation efficiency
Equity
Establishing financial autonomy
Setting irrigation fees
Collecting irrigation fees
Political economy of irrigation financing
Conclusions and recommendations
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ISBN: 9780521380737
ISBN-10: 0521380731
Series: Wye Studies in Agricultural and Rural Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 25th October 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54