Asian Irrigation in Transition
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Asian Irrigation in Transition
Responding To Challenges



© 2006 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
There is today a crucial need to revamp the management and governance of water systems in Asia in order to cater to the increasing demands of a growing group of users with diverse needs—urban settlements, industry, food producers and environmental needs. Written by a mix of international observers and practitioners, these essays cover a wide range of issues that are involved in this endeavor.

Based on actual fieldwork in various Asian countries, the contributors collectively address three major themes:
- The response to the competition for resources including groundwater and aquifers, multiple water use, water reclamation, and watershed and basin management.
- The emergence of new partnerships and institutional reforms, such as the changing role of governments, participatory approaches, new accountability mechanisms and improving the infrastructure.
- The economic productivity of irrigated agriculture through water users` associations, demand-oriented and pro-poor irrigation services, and agribusiness.

Drawing vital lessons from the Asian experience, this important volume will greatly assist in the design of efficient and equitable water management systems as well as serve to outline an agenda for future research for practitioners and policymakers.
 
Foreword Said Irandoust and Frank Rijsberman
 
Preface Walter Coward
Ganesh P Shivakoti, Wai-Fung Lam and Ujjwal Pradhan
Asian Irrigation Problems and Prospects
 
PART ONE: GENERAL PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSITION
Randolph Barker and Francois Molle
Perspectives on Asian Irrigation
Norman T Uphoff
Social Capital and Irrigation Management
Bringing Rigor and Evidence to the Relationship  
Nirmal Sengupta
Institutions Against Change
 
PART TWO: RESPONSE TO COMPETITION FOR RESOURCES
Humnath Bhandari and Ganesh P Shivakoti
Groundwater Markets and Irrigation Potential in South Asia
A Micro Study from Nepal  
Vishwa Ballabh
Emerging Water Crisis and Political Economy of Irrigation Reforms in India
Ruth Meinzen-Dick and Rajendra Pradhan
Recognizing Multiple Water Uses in Intersectoral Water Transfers
Francois Molle
The Closure of the Chao Phraya River Basin in Thailand
Its Causes, Consequences and Policy Implications  
Uraivan Tan-Kim-Young, Pakping Chalad Bruns and Bryan Randolph Bruns
The Emergence of Polycentric Water Governance in Northern Thailand
 
PART THREE: INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND NEW PARTNERSHIP
Thierry Facon
Asian Irrigation in Transition
Service Orientation, Institutional Aspects and Design, Operation, Infrastructure Issues  
Luis P Eleazar et al
Participatory Approaches to Irrigation Development and Management in the Philippines
The Next Generation  
Peter P Mollinga, Gao Hong and Anjali M Bhatia
Leadership and Turnover
The Contradictions of Irrigation Management Reform in the People's Republic of China  
Wai-Fung Lam
Reforming Taiwan's Irrigation Associations
Getting the Nesting of Institutions Right  
Tassanee Ouvichit
People's Participation in Irrigation Management in Thailand
M V K Sivamohan and Christopher A Scott
Coalition-Building for Participatory Irrigation Management Under Changing Water Resource Trends
Reflections on Reforms in Andhra Pradesh, India  
Douglas L Vermillion
Irrigation Sector Reform in Asia
From `Participation with Patronage' to `Empowerment with Accountability'  
 
PART FOUR: MARKETS AND ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY OF IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE
Eric Biltonen, Doan Doan Tuan and Jinxia Wang
Making Irrigation Management Pro-Poor
Indications of Potentials from China and Vietnam  
Helmi
Moving Beyond Water Provision
Strategic Issues Related to the Transition of Irrigation Management in Indonesia  
Robert Yoder and Prachanda Pradhan
Farmer-Managed Irrigation Systems in Asia
Subsistence Agriculture in Transition  
 
PART FIVE: SYNTHESIS AND STRATEGIC RESPONSES
Douglas L Vermillion, Elinor Ostrom and Robert Yoder
The Future of Irrigated Agriculture in Asia
What the Twenty First Century Will Require of Policies, Institutions and Governance  
 
Index

The book provide a larger menu for the institutional reform process in Asian countries backed up by interesting real world experiences… the chapters in the book do provide a broad mosaic of the multi-faceted challenges facing irrigation system management and irrigated agriculture in the context of diverse and rapidly changing conditions of Asia.

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ISBN: 9780761933502