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Agriculture 2018, 8(6), 77;

Factors Affecting Collective Actions in Farmer-Managed Irrigation Systems of Nepal

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia
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Received: 22 April 2018 / Revised: 26 May 2018 / Accepted: 30 May 2018 / Published: 2 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Modelling for Water Management in Agriculture Systems)
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The efficient management of agricultural water to meet its growing demand and to increase farm productivity has become a major concern in many agrarian countries. Various management principles, such as changes in governance, and crafting locally devised institutions have been prioritised in recent literature. The Nepalese government has considered farmers’ governance in managing irrigation systems as a successful irrigation policy. One of the measures for a successful farmer-managed irrigation systems (FMIS), each farmer must engage actively in collective choice actions and share both the costs and benefits from the system, proportionately. Various aspects in an institution affects farmers’ cooperative behavior to engage in the irrigation management process. A study of 232 FMIS in Nepal revealed that there is a need for a revised institutional design that can empower farmers by investing them with more defined property rights so that they can actively engage in maintenance activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: collective actions; farmer-managed irrigation systems; institutional design; Nepal collective actions; farmer-managed irrigation systems; institutional design; Nepal

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