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Please find below two new papers on water management issues from the International Food Policy Research Institute:
Measuring irrigation performance in Africa
By Mark Svendsen, Mandy Ewing, and Siwa Msangi
The paper develops indicators to look at the performance of the irrigation sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, where demand for food is high and irrigation has a proven potential to boost levels of agricultural productivity. By looking at six indicator categories—institutional framework, water resource use, irrigation area, irrigation technology, agricultural productivity, and poverty and food security—we assess the potential for improving performance in the agricultural food security sector through increasing irrigation sector investments.
Impact of water user associations on agricultural productivity in Chile
By Nancy McCarthy and Timothy Essam
This paper uses combined household- and community-level data collected from the Maule Region (VII) of Chile to evaluate factors affecting the decision to participate in yearly irrigation maintenance activities, and the influence of current behavior on farm revenues. Empirical results indicate that water user association characteristics explain much of the variation in participation decisions, contribution amounts, variable input purchases, and subsequent farm revenues.
Ms. Christina Lakatos
Environment and Production Technology Division
International Food Policy Research Institute
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