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Irrigation management transfer in Lao PDR: Issues and prospects

Sari Jusi (Department of Regional Studies, University of Tampere, Finland Sari Jusi: sari.jusi@uta.fi)
Maarit Virtanen (Department of Regional Studies, University of Tampere, Finland Maarit Virtanen: maarit.virtanen@uta.fi)

International Journal of Development Issues

ISSN: 1446-8956

Article publication date: 1 February 2005

Abstract

Water resources development plays a central role in reducing poverty and achieving sustainable economic growth in Laos. The development of irrigation is vital for the rural population dependent on agricultural production, but irrigation projects have suffered from low levels of maintenance, as farmers have felt little ownership for the government projects. At the moment, a process of Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) is undertaken in Laos with the aim of transferring the management and operation of schemes to farmers. This article aims at evaluating, how IMT has been implemented in Laos and how it is affecting the sustainability of agriculture.

Citation

Jusi, S. and Virtanen, M. (2005), "Irrigation management transfer in Lao PDR: Issues and prospects", International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 21-38. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb045852

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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