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Title:Development and Challenges of Bakolori Irrigation Project in Sokoto State, Nigeria
Author:Yahaya, Mohammed K.
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:agricultural projects
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol11num3/yahaya_02.pdf
Abstract:This paper examines the Bakolori Irrigation Project in Sokoto State, Nigeria and its impact on the intended beneficiaries. The project was commissioned in 1975. The paper reviews existing irrigation types in Nigeria and implications for sustainable food security in target communities. Also, it provides an insight into the catalogue of consequences that followed the project. Some of these include farmers' dispossessed of their farmlands, fraudulent reallocation processes, inadequate compensation and the destruction of economic trees and crops as a result of the irrigation site. Evidence from the project shows that the project brought about certain positive developments in the lives of the target population. However, it was not devoid of undesirable challenges that require considerable attention in development project planning and implementation. These and many other issues surrounding the Bakolori Irrigation Project raise questions as to whether the project was a development or a catastrophe. Consequently, suggestions are made on how to design and implement development programmes with an overall view to improving the existing circumstance of the intended beneficiaries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]