What is it about?

Handing over irrigation management from governments to farmers is seen as a win-win to boost food production and ease budget pressures. But we haven't fully grasped how this benefits farmers. A study analyzed 42 cases from developing countries, finding that this shift generally improved productivity, efficiency, profits, and service costs for farmers. However, there's room for improvement. Researchers need to look beyond certain regions, consider poorer communities, address water availability, and refine assessment methods to better understand the impacts on farmers.

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Why is it important?

The study's focus on participatory approaches in irrigation management and their impact on farmers' well-being is likely to attract readers from various fields, including policymakers, agricultural experts, and development practitioners. By highlighting the overall positive contributions of management transfer to productivity, efficiency, profitability, and service costs for farmers, this research provides actionable insights for policymakers and stakeholders involved in agricultural development.


the identification of research gaps and suggested pathways for further investigation may spark interest among researchers seeking to address these critical issues

Professor Imre Ferto
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences: Budapest

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This page is a summary of: Combined Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Ground-Level Impacts of Management Transfer to Poor Farmers in Developing Countries, Water Resources Management, February 2024, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s11269-024-03763-6.
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