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Controlling the WaterMatching Technology and Institutions in Irrigation Management in India and Nepal$
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Dik Roth and Linden Vincent

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082927

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082927.001.0001

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Introduction: Technology and Institutions in Irrigation Water Management—Match or Mismatch?

Introduction: Technology and Institutions in Irrigation Water Management—Match or Mismatch?

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(p.1) Introduction: Technology and Institutions in Irrigation Water Management—Match or Mismatch?
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Controlling the Water
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Dik Roth

Linden Vincent

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082927.003.0001

In recent years we can see a growing pressure on land and water resources, increasing water scarcity, and intensifying competition between sectors, water uses, and water users. Processes of socio-economic transformation in developing countries like India and Nepal often entail interventions in irrigated agriculture to increase efficiency, sustainability, or equity. These processes also generate societal debate about the advantages and disadvantages of modern engineering technology and ‘traditional’ or ‘farmer-managed’ irrigation systems. Dealing effectively with these issues and problems, it first requires an understanding of the complex interrelationships between the various dimensions of water control involved. The Introduction provides a critical perspective on the role of technology and institutions in and around irrigation in a context of rapid societal changes. It also introduces the case studies and the technologies, institutions, and socio-technical interactions they present.

Keywords:   irrigation management, irrigation technology, canal irrigation, farmer-managed irrigation systems, water scarcity, irrigation in India, irrigation in Nepal, interdisciplinarity

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