Does reliability of water resources matter in the adoption of water-saving irrigation practices? a case study in the Zhanghe irrigation system, China

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Khan, Shahbaz and Hafeez, Mohsin and Hanjra, Munir A. (2009) Does reliability of water resources matter in the adoption of water-saving irrigation practices? a case study in the Zhanghe irrigation system, China. Water Policy, 11 (6). pp. 661-679. ISSN 1366-7017

Abstract

The aim of the study was to determine whether the reliability of water sources is important in the adoption of water-saving irrigation practices (WSI). It was hypothesized that access to reliable water sources such as water ponds would increase the likelihood of practicing alternate wetting and drying (AWD) for rice cultivation. While it seems intuitively reasonable to assume that farmer’s ability to access reliable water sources would reduce the risk involved in letting the paddy field dry temporarily, and therefore encourage the adoption of AWD, this study found no solid empirical evidence to support the proposition. However, weaker empirical evidence shows that access to reliable water supply from local ponds positively influences AWD practices. The results show that the adoption of AWD is not driven by farmer’s self choice but rather that they are adopting AWD to mitigate risk in the face of increasing water scarcity. The result suggests that water-saving irrigation training and farm size or land distribution system have an important role in the adoption of AWD practices. The policy implication of this research is that imposing institutional water scarcity could be a way to promote the adoption of water-saving irrigation practices.


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Refereed: Yes
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Depositing User: Dr Shahbaz Mushtaq
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2010 06:24
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 05:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: alternate wetting and drying; censored Tobit regression; reliability; water productivity water-saving irrigation practices
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910210 Production
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960905 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Water Management
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.2166/wp.2009.033
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6690

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