Yield Impact of Irrigation Management Transfer: Story from the Philippines

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Sushenjit Bandyopadhyay

World Bank

Priya Shyamsundar

World Bank - Environment and Natural Resources Division

Mei Xie

World Bank

Date Written: August 1, 2007

Abstract

Irrigation management transfer is an important strategy among donors and governments to strengthen farmer control over water and irrigation infrastructure. This study seeks to understand whether irrigation management transfer is meeting the promise of its commitments. The authors use data from a survey of 68 irrigator associations and 1,020 farm households in the Philippines to estimate the impact of irrigation management transfer on irrigation association performance and on rice yields. They also estimate a stochastic frontier production function to assess contributions to technical efficiency. There are three main results. First, the presence of irrigation management transfer is associated with an increase in maintenance activities undertaken by irrigation associations. Second, by increasing local control over water delivery, the presence of irrigation management transfer is associated with a 2-6 percent increase in farm yields. Rice production in irrigation management transfer areas is greater even after controlling for various differences among rice farmers in transfer and non-transfer areas. Third, irrigation management transfer is, at a minimum, poverty-neutral, and may even give the asset-poor a small boost in terms of rice yields. The authors speculate that this boost may be a result of increased timeliness of water delivery and better resolution of conflicts related to illegal use.

Keywords: Irrigation and Drainage, Water Supply and Systems, Agricultural Irrigation and Drainage, Water Use, Rural Poverty Reduction

Suggested Citation

Bandyopadhyay, Sushenjit and Shyamsundar, Priya and Xie, Mei, Yield Impact of Irrigation Management Transfer: Story from the Philippines (August 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4298, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004653

Sushenjit Bandyopadhyay (Contact Author)

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Priya Shyamsundar

World Bank - Environment and Natural Resources Division ( email )

Washington, DC 20433
United States

Mei Xie

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

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