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Title:Social Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Nianga Irrigation Pilot Project, Senegal
Authors:Weiler, Edward M.
Tyner, Wallace E.
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:agricultural projects
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4190948
Abstract:This paper evaluates from an ex post perspective the economic viability of a pilot irrigation project in northern Senegal which has been in operation since mid-1975. The authors begin by presenting the international context within which the Nianga Project developed, namely, that donor agencies were called upon to fund additional tertiary (i.e. full water control) irrigation projects in the Senegal River Valley in the absence of any rigorous economic analysis of this type of irrigation project. Next, they briefly describe first the project milieu and then the development and operation of the project itself. From the descriptive they pass to the analytic mode, wherein the project is formally evaluated with the techniques of social cost-benefit analysis; and subsequently, they compare the ex ante feasibility study (1972) and the present ex post analysis. Finally, on the basis of the results from tile latter, they draw some policy implications for future irrigation development in the Senegal River Valley. Notes, tab.