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The experience of irrigation management transfer in Ghana: A case study of Dawhenya Irrigation Scheme

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Government disengagement from day-to-day management of irrigation infrastructure has become a widespread strategy in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This paper examines a case study of management transfer of a rice irrigation scheme in Ghana. The criteria used relate to agricultural, financial and economic performance and environmental sustainability. The study showed that whilst both cropping intensity and cultivated area decreased after transfer, the relatively high yields were sustained. The average production cost before transfer decreased by about 7% from $827/ha to $774/ha after transfer. Most importantly, average net income increased by more than 100% from $260/ha to $549/ha after transfer. Very high financial self-sufficiency ratios coupled with low running cost achieved by the farmers' co-operative led to the conclusion that transfer has resulted in better performance so far.

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Author(s): Gowing JW; Sam-amoah LK

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Irrigation and Drainage Systems

Year: 2001

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Pages: 21-38

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0168-6291

ISSN (electronic): 1573-0654

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1023/A:1017550914360


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