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Asian Irrigation in Transition

Asian Irrigation in Transition
Responding To Challenges

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October 2005 | 528 pages | SAGE India
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
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
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
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'

Eric Biltonen, Doan Doan Tuan and Jinxia Wang
Making Irrigation Management Pro-Poor
Indications of Potentials from China and Vietnam

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

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


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.

Development and Change

Ganesh P. Shivakoti

Ganesh P. Shivakoti is Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and Visiting Professor, Arizona State University, US. He has co-authored Improving Irrigation in Asia: Sustainable Performance of an Innovative Intervention in Nepal with Nobel Laureate Elionr Ostrom. More About Author

Douglas Vermillion

Douglas L. Vermillion is a development sociologist and independent consultant for water policy and institutions in the USA. Formerly a re-searcher for the International Water Management Institute, he has over two decades of experience in research, policy analysis, and managerial and  socioeconomic  aspects  of  water  management  in  less  developed countries. He has worked in Asia, North and Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Recently, he has assisted Indonesia, Cambodia, Gujarat, in India, and Nigeria to develop policy and legal frameworks for irrigation sector reform. Email: dlvermillion... More About Author

Wai-Fung Lam

Wai-Fung Lam is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong and holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University, USA. He has a book to his credit, Governing Irrigation Systems in Nepal: Institutions, Infra-structure,  and  Collective  Action  (1998,  ICS  Press,  California).  His research focuses on institutional policy analysis, resource management, public organizations, and public sector reform. More About Author

Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington. She was  elected  to  the  National Academy of Sciences in 2001; is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a recipient of the Frank E. Seidman Prize in Political Economy and the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. Her books include Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action;  Rules, Games, and Common-Pool Resources (with Roy  Gardner  and  James  Walker);  and... More About Author

Ujjwal Pradhan

Ujjwal Pradhan is a Program Officer in Environment and Development with the Ford Foundation based in Jakarta. He is also a member of the International Steering Committee of Rewarding Upland  Poor  for Environmental Services (RUPES) for Southeast Asia. He earlier served as  Social  Scientist  and  Head  of  the  Nepal  Country  Program  of  the International  Irrigation  Management  Institute.  He holds a Ph.D.  in Development Sociology from Cornell University, USA. His doctoral dissertation dealt with property rights and relations and state... More About Author

Robert Yoder

Robert Yoder is Director of Water Development with International Development Enterprises in the USA. A civil and agricultural engineer by training, much of his professional work has focused on research and improvement of farmer-managed irrigation systems. He was Head of the International Irrigation Management Institute.s field operations in Nepal from 1985.1990. His recent work in Romania and Jordan included increasing farmer involvement in irrigation management. More About Author

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