Inequality of access in irrigation systems of the Mid-Hills of Nepal

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JournalArea Development and Policy
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Jul 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Aug 2017
DatePublished (current) - 2018
Issue number1
Volume3
Pages (from-to)60-78
Early online date14/08/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Access to, and control over, water for irrigation is one of the most important factors for increasing agricultural productivity, thereby affecting household food security and levels of poverty in developing countries. However, investments in the irrigation sector have often failed to consider equity aspects of irrigation interventions. Using data from 199 households from three irrigation systems in the mid-hills of Nepal we analyse access and control of water in different levels of socio-economic heterogeneities. The results demonstrate that efforts to improve livelihoods of the rural poor should give due consideration to the distributional aspects of irrigation interventions, with authority for allocating the level of access to irrigation water given to the farmers throughout the system.

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© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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  • Spatial Inequality, Socio-economic Heterogeneity, Access to water, Irrigation, Poverty, Nepal

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