The economic value of irrigationwater in Wadi Zabid, Tihama Plain, Yemen

Wahib Al-Qubatee*, Petra Hellegers, Henk Ritzema

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This study used crop budgets to assess the impact of declining groundwater levels on the economic value of irrigation water in the Wadi Zabid region of Yemen. The study found that returns to land and water were highly sensitive to changes in groundwater depths over time and the free availability of spate water for irrigation. Crops differed in the amounts of irrigation water applied and in their returns to land and water. Banana had the highest irrigation requirement, but also delivered the highest return to land. Banana's return to water was greater than that of date palm and feed sorghum, but lower than that of mango and food sorghum.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6476
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2019


  • Crop budgets
  • Economic value of irrigation water
  • Residual value
  • Wadi Zabid
  • Water reallocation


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