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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Water & Poverty

Water and Poverty:
Pro-Poor Intervention Strategies in Irrigated Agriculture in Asia (IWMI-ADB Project)

The project on “Pro-Poor Intervention Strategies in Irrigated Agriculture in Asia” is being undertaken by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), with financial support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its program on Agriculture and Natural Resources Research at CGIAR Centers. It is a multi-country project with case studies in six developing member countries (DMCs) of ADB: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam. The main objective of this project is to determine realistic options for increasing returns to poor farmers through improving the overall performance of established medium and large-scale surface irrigation systems (canals). Case studies under the project was carried out in collaboration with national research and development organizations and agencies in the participating countries.

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Does Irrigation Impact Poverty ?

"The country studies clearly showed that the incidence and severity of poverty are significantly high in settings where land and water distribution are inequitable, irrigation infrastructure is poorly managed and farmers' access to production enhancing technologies and support measures is very limited. Where these factors are favorable, the incidence of poverty is low"
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Factors that determine the poverty-reduction impact of irrigation

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Impact Assesment of Irrigation Infrastucure Development on poverty Alliviation (IWMI-JBIC Project)

The study on “Impact Assessment of Irrigation Infrastructure Development on Poverty Alleviation” was carried out by the International Water Management Institute and JBIC Institute. The overall goal of the study is to develop an in-depth understanding of income dynamics in relation to access to irrigation water and to comprehensively evaluate the impact of irrigation infrastructure on poverty. Irrigation systems in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, where JBIC has funded their development/ improvements/ rehabilitation were selected as study areas.

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Other IWMI Projects

International Water Management Institute has carried out many other studies related to water and poverty

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