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Title:Irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa: the development of public and private systems
Authors:Barghouti, Shawki
Le Moigne, Guy
Series:World Bank technical paper (ISSN 0253-7494)
City of publisher:Washington, DC
Publisher:The World Bank
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:agricultural projects
Abstract:The seven papers included in this publication make a strong case for the important role which irrigated agriculture can and should play in sub-Saharan Africa's future development. The actual possibilities will vary by country, and careful project choices and designs will be needed to avoid the mistakes of the past. But each country's agricultural strategy should consider what role irrigated agriculture can play in a given situation, with special emphasis on the prospects for small-scale private irrigation systems where the best results have been achieved in the past. The following themes are examined in the papers: the physical potential for irrigation development (It is argued that the 5 million hectares presently under irrigation could eventually be expanded to c. 20-25 million hectares.); past problems in irrigation (cost overruns, institutional factors, the policy environment for irrigation, technical design issues, cultural factors, environmental problems); past successes in irrigation; suggestions for how to proceed. Three country case studies have been included: Zimbabwe, Mauritania and Nigeria. Attention is also paid to projects in Kenya, Senegal, Sudan and Madagascar.