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Institutional Reforms in Indian Irrigation
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Institutional Reforms in Indian Irrigation

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  • Ashok Gulati - International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA
  • Ruth S Meinzen-Dick - International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, USA
  • K V Raju - International Irrigation Management Institute, Sri Lanka


August 2018 | 322 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`Institutional Reforms in India Irrigation brings together perspectives from three scholars with research interests ranging from agricultural economics to participatory watershed management and collective action. Overall the book provides a useful overview of irrigation management in India and authoritavely reviews options for cost-recovery under irrigation management transfer programs' - Development and Change

Examining the nature and scope of large-scale surface irrigation in India, this book identifies the factors leading to poor performance from a political economy perspective and suggests viable options for institutional reforms.

Using empirical data on irrigation financing and farmer participation, the authors go beyond merely making policy recommendations. They make detailed calculations of the costs of irrigation development, including both capital expenditure and recurring costs. They also examine the performance of reform measures that are already in operation in Karnataka and Rajasthan, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of participatory irrigation management reforms.

 
Introduction
The Political Economy of Indian Canal Irrigation  
 
Growing Scarcity of Water
India, Rajasthan and Karnataka  
 
Rising Costs, Falling Recoveries
Indian Surface Irrigation under Impending Financial Crisis  
 
Financing Issues and Institutional Reforms
 
Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited
Pointer towards Institutional Reforms in Irrigation Financing?  
 
Policy Trends in Participatory Irrigation Management
 
Potentials and Constraints of Farmer Participation in Irrigation
 
Farmer Involvement in Irrigation
Findings from Rajasthan and Karnataka  
 
Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

`Institutional Reforms in India Irrigation brings together perspectives from three scholars with research interests ranging from agricultural economics to participatory watershed management and collective action. Overall the book provides a useful overview of irrigation management in India and authoritavely reviews options for cost-recovery under irrigation management transfer programs' - Development and Change


Given the authorship of the book, one expects a work of solid and impeccable scholarship and research and that expectation is fulfilled. Every chapter is densely packed with detailed and useful information. The book is likely to remain a valuable reference source for many years to come. We owe a debt of gratitude to the authors for this.

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