Irrigation systems: some organizational considerations

G. Kalshoven

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    The paper attempts to present a framework for a number of sociological considerations involved in the analysis of water resources development practices. Special emphasis is given to the nature of some organizational implications connected in irrigated areas in tropical countries and to various constraints affecting the development and future use of water resources for agricultural purposes. The main argument is that in many heavily populated countries there is much scope for the improvement of organizational measures concerning water utilization besides the development of natural water resources as such. In describing problems of water development a systems approach is advocated, which attempts to integrate social and physical dimensions in order to achieve maximum utilization of water resources. The conclusion is the paper delineates the importance of the participation of water users in the planning and implementation of projects and to make provisions for flexibility in water management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)238-257
    JournalSociologia Ruralis
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1976

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