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For Bank irrigation and drainage (I & D) staff, there are two vital training formats: study tours and the annual irrigation and drainage seminar. Because not all interested staff can attend the I & D seminars, there was a request that the most salient papers from past seminars be made available. The papers in this volume span 1985 through 1991 and are arranged according to four areas: sectoral overview, institutional aspects, policy and research, and technology and environment. These foci reflect critical development components. For example seeking an effective balance between public and private sector roles is vital, and the papers related to institutional aspects describe how these sectors are moving toward assuming complementary roles in the irrigation and drainage subsector. The policy and research section concentrates on how experience in different regions can be used in the formulation of lending policy. Research needs are also highlighted. The final section on technology and environment stressed the technical components of successful I & D projects; papers also address environmental externalities, encompassing environmental management and mitigation of adverse effects.

Publisher: World Bank

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