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New Ways of Enhancing Agricultural Water Productivity in Developing Economies

M. Dinesh Kumar

in Managing Water in River Basins

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780198065364
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081219 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198065364.003.0008
New Ways of Enhancing Agricultural Water Productivity in Developing Economies

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This chapter explores the key drivers of change in water productivity (WP) that would matter for India and that Indian agricultural research should embark on. It shows that WP enhancement would be an outcome of water allocation in most situations and crop WP improvement through various other means will not encourage farmers to allocate water to alternative uses and save water. It describes new ways of improving agricultural WP in developing countries and suggests that institutional interventions are a prerequisite for achieving actual water demand regulation.

Keywords: water productivity; India; agricultural research; water allocation; developing countries; demand regulation; water conservation

Chapter.  8572 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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