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Participatory Irrigation Management and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Maize Production: Evidence from Zhangye City, Northwestern China
Zhou, Qing1,2,3; Deng, Xiangzheng1,2; Wu, Feng1,2; Li, Zhihui1,2; Song, Wei4
2017-11-01
Source PublicationWATER
ISSN2073-4441
Volume9Issue:11Pages:15
Corresponding AuthorDeng, Xiangzheng(dengxz@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractWater has become increasingly scarce in northwestern China due to climate change, economic growth and burgeoning population. Improving agriculture water use efficiency is of strategic significance in promoting socio-economic water productivity for arid and semi-arid inland river basins. Based on the household-level data collected in Zhangye City, which is located in the middle reaches of Heihe River Basin (HRB) in northwestern China, irrigation water use efficiency (IWUE) of maize is estimated based on stochastic frontier analysis. The impacts of influential factors, especially the participatory irrigation management (PIM) through water user associations (WUAs), on IWUE were further examined. Results show that the estimated average Technical efficiency (TE) and IWUE of maize production are 0.74 and 0.24, respectively. The participation level in irrigation management is very low, with only 40% of the respondents participating in WUA meetings. In addition, most have a relatively superficial understanding of the roles and management scheme of WUAs. Empirical results show that though significantly positive, the magnitude of the impact of PIM on IWUE is relatively small. Households that participated in WUA meetings achieved only 0.002% higher IWUEs than those have never participated in. WUAs are not operating with their designed objectives. Consequently, reform of the traditional management form of WUAs to make them more transparent, fair, and extensively participated in among farmers is in urgently need. In addition, we also find that water price, source of irrigation water, irrigation technology adoption and famers' education level and farming experience also have significant positive impacts on IWUE.
Keywordtechnical efficiency irrigation water use efficiency participatory irrigation management stochastic frontier analysis water user associations Heihe River Basin
DOI10.3390/w9110822
WOS KeywordNORTH-WEST PROVINCE ; RIVER-BASIN ; RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ; SOUTH-AFRICA ; ASSOCIATIONS ; GOVERNANCE ; FARMERS ; DETERMINANTS ; INSTITUTIONS ; IMPACTS
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Natural Science Foundation of China[91325302] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[91425303] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[71225005]
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaWater Resources
WOS SubjectWater Resources
WOS IDWOS:000416798300008
PublisherMDPI AG
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/60886
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorDeng, Xiangzheng
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Chinese Agr Policy, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
3.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Land Surface Pattern & Simulat, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Zhou, Qing,Deng, Xiangzheng,Wu, Feng,et al. Participatory Irrigation Management and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Maize Production: Evidence from Zhangye City, Northwestern China[J]. WATER,2017,9(11):15.
APA Zhou, Qing,Deng, Xiangzheng,Wu, Feng,Li, Zhihui,&Song, Wei.(2017).Participatory Irrigation Management and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Maize Production: Evidence from Zhangye City, Northwestern China.WATER,9(11),15.
MLA Zhou, Qing,et al."Participatory Irrigation Management and Irrigation Water Use Efficiency in Maize Production: Evidence from Zhangye City, Northwestern China".WATER 9.11(2017):15.
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