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Record number 561162
Title Irrigation management transfer in sub-Saharan Africa: an analysis of policy implementation across scales
Author(s) Cambaza, Cesario; Hoogesteger, Jaime; Veldwisch, Gert Jan
Source Water International 45 (2020)1. - ISSN 0250-8060 - p. 3 - 19.
Department(s) WASS
Water Resources Management
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) irrigation management transfer - policy implementation - sub-Saharan Africa - Water policy - water politics

This article explores how irrigation management transfer policies were implemented in Mali, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Mali and Mozambique, where the irrigation bureaucracy controlled one large irrigation system, state agencies retained control over irrigation management despite reduced state funding. In Malawi and Zimbabwe, where the state irrigation systems and the irrigation bureaucracy were smaller, users have taken over irrigation management, but are having trouble sustaining irrigated agriculture. We show how irrigation management transfer policies were shaped by the interplay between international donors, macro-economic dynamics, national politics and the interactions with (and the nature of) irrigation infrastructure, bureaucracies and organized users.

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