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Perceptions of Tanzanian smallholder irrigators on impact pathways between water equity and socioeconomic inequalities

Date

2021-02-16

Authors

Manero, Ana
Wheeler, S. A.

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Taylor & Francis Group

Abstract

Irrigation is promoted as a critical strategy for rural welfare, yet fundamental questions prevail on the linkages between water, equity and inequality. Applying mixed-methods, this study investigates the impact pathways whereby water inequities are associated with socioeconomic inequalities within two Tanzanian smallholder irrigation schemes. According to irrigators’ perceptions, greater water equity would benefit the poor through improved working conditions, productivity, reliability and reduced risk. Quantitative analyses corroborate that water-dissatisfied irrigators suffered from lower yields and higher unproductive land, investment losses and yield gaps. Education, empowerment and strong governance are proposed as possible avenues towards greater water equity and inclusive growth.

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Inequality, irrigation, rural development, Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty, water equity

Citation

A. Manero & S. A. Wheeler (2022) Perceptions of Tanzanian smallholder irrigators on impact pathways between water equity and socioeconomic inequalities, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 38:1, 80-107, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2020.1866506

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International Journal of Water Resources Development

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1080/07900627.2020.1866506

Restricted until

2099-12-31