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Impact of Irrigation on Agricultural Growth and Poverty Alleviation: Macro Level Analyses in India

Publisher: International Water Management Institute

Though the positive impact of irrigation on agricultural intensification and increased crop yield has been very well documented, the marginal returns of irrigation compared to other factor inputs such as farm technology and other rural infrastructure development are still a controversial issue. Improved information and understanding of the scale of incremental benefit of irrigation and other factor inputs to agricultural growth and development and to poverty alleviation have large public policy implications on rural development policy. This is particularly more relevant in setting irrigation and agricultural investment and financing policies. This information is also important considering the recently increased global public policy priorities and thrusts on poverty reduction strategies.

Author(s): A. Narayanamoorthy, Madhusudan Bhattarai | Views(292)

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