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Assessing the Socio-Economic Impact of Irrigation Schemes in Ethiopia

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Agriculture is the mainstay of the Ethiopian economy, providing 80% of the employment and accounting for 50% of the GDP. A critical issue limiting the sector’s productivity is its continuing dependence on rainfall for irrigation purposes.

Recognising this, government agencies have constructed a large number of small scale irrigation structures over the years, through its various programs. However, they were found to be lacking on various fronts. Among other things, there has been a lack of maintenance, lack of usage and lack of participation by the end users- the farmers.

In this presentation, Ermias Alemu from Arba Minch University discusses the findings of a socio-economic impact assessment study of 4 such irrigation schemes. Among the key recommendations of the research is that eliciting farmer-participation in such schemes would require building their overall productive capacity (by improving their market linkages, facilitating post-harvest storage facilities, etc.) and ensuring that their inputs feed into the planning and design of the physical structures.

More info: http://www.amu.edu.et
Produced by: TheWaterChannel
Year: 2012
Language: English



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