Impact of institutional change on irrigation management: A case study from Southern Uzbekistan

Djumaboev, Kakhramon; Hamidov, Ahmad; Anarbekov, Oyture; Gafurov, Zafar; Tussupova, Kamshat (2017). Impact of institutional change on irrigation management: A case study from Southern Uzbekistan. Water, 9(6), p. 419. MDPI 10.3390/w9060419

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The rapidly growing population in Uzbekistan has put massive pressure on limited water resources, resulting in frequent water shortages. Irrigation is by far the major water use. Improving irrigation water use through the institutional change of establishing water consumer associations (WCAs) has been identified as a way to increase agricultural production and meet the food demand in the area. However, most WCAs are not fully able to organize collective action or generate sufficient funds to carry out their responsibilities. This study investigated the water-resource-related challenges faced by WCAs and local farmers in Kashkadarya Province in Uzbekistan, using semi-structured expert interviews and focus group discussions. The resulting data were analyzed using qualitative analysis software (Atlas.ti). The results indicated that outdated infrastructure, poor governance, and farmers’ non-payment of irrigation service fees hamper sustainable water management. Greater trust and communication within the WCAs would make an important contribution to effective collective action and to the long-term sustainability of local associations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

Graduate School:

International Graduate School North-South (IGS North-South)

UniBE Contributor:

Anarbekov, Oyture

ISSN:

2073-4441

Publisher:

MDPI

Projects:

[805] Sustainability Governance

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

28 Nov 2017 09:38

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 03:06

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/w9060419

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.106554

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/106554

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