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Asia's Irrigation Management in Transition: A Paradigm Shift Faces High Transaction Costs

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Many water management problems have arisen in past Asian irrigation projects. They have been characterized as a vicious cycle involving the lack of maintenance, poor irrigation service, low rates of fee collection, inadequate institutional arrangements, and lack of user participation. This article argues that we have generally agreed on a strategy to address these problems and asks whether or not the strategy is being implemented effectively. A review of the irrigation record of six countries in Asia (including India and China) shows that they have implemented several of the key irrigation management reforms but that high transaction costs have delayed reform.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

Publication date: September 1, 2000

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