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Water, Technology and Development: Upgrading Egypt's Irrigation System

Series: Library of Modern Middle East Studies Volume: 17

By: Martin Hvidt

255 pages, Illus, tabs, maps

IB Tauris

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #77736 | ISBN: 1860642160
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This book evaluates the ambitious state-of-the-art Irrigation Improvement Project (IIP), initiated in 1989 by the Egyptian government and USAID and aimed at increasing the system performance of irrigation in the `old lands'.


Part 1 Irrigation in Egypt - the traditional and the new system: the agricultural sector of Egypt; three problems faced by the agricultural sector; the irrigaiton improvement project; the traditional Egyptian irrigaiton system; the IIP improvements. Part 2 The improvement of irrigation system performance - a review of the literature: the irrigaiton management tradition; the reasons for system improvement; the performance of public irrigaiton systems; major determinants of the improvement of irrigaiton system performance; approaches to the improvement of irrigation system performance; conclusion - the characteristics and problems of the research field. Part 3 Towards an analytic framework: the theoretical framework; basic assumption and concepts; hypotheses; what can the study contribute? Part 4 Methodology: sources; the design of the field survey; the validity of the field survey; evidence of internal validity in the field survey; conclusion - internal and external validity. Part 5 Three filed survey areas: the Herz-Numaniya command area; Beni Ibeid command area; the Qiman el Arus command area. Part 6 Improving farmers' water control: the survey findings; bivariate analyses; combining evidence. Part 7 Saving scarce land resources: findings; savings in land; discussion. Part 8 Increasing farm income: a framework for analysis; presentation of findings; combining evidence. Part 9 The impact of the DSC package; a demand-driven spread of the DSC package? can the findings be generalized?

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