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Irrigation Impact Study in India

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This project looks at analysis of economic impacts of irrigation at regional and national level in India, and quantification crop productivity and production intensification, and employment and rural wage structures of irrigation development in the recent past. This study also estimates how these irrigation benefits are distributed across the consumers and producers (farmers) in the economy, and its changing dynamics over time. By the ex-ante analysis, this study provided improved policy inputs and information base on irrigation impact analysis to Comprehensive Assessment program of IWMI, and the knowledge base of the Dialogue on Water, Food and Environment.

Collaborators: Gokhle Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, India and two Research Assistants


Bhattarai M, R Barker and A Narayanamoorthy. Who Benefits From Irrigation Development in India? Implication of Irrigation Multipliers for Irrigation Financing. Irrigation and Drainage 56: 207–225, 2007

Bhattarai, Madhusudan and Michael Hamming, Governance, economic policy, and the environmental Kuznets curve for natural tropical forests, Environmental and Development Economics 9: 367-382, 2004

Bhattarai, Madhusudan and A Narayanmoorthy, ‘Impact of Irrigation on rural poverty in India: an aggregate panel-data analysis’, Water Policy 5 (5/6): 443-458, 2003

Bhattarai, Madhusudan, Randolph Barker and A Narayanamoorthy, Who Benefits from Irrigation Development in India? Implications of Irrigation Multipliers for Cost Recovery and Irrigation Financing, proceedings of the ICID Asian Regional Workshop, Taipei, 10-12 November 2003, Vol 1, 285-296

Bhattarai, Madhusudan and A Narayanamoorthy, Impact of Irrigation  on Agricultural Growth and Poverty Alleviation: Macro Level Impact Analyses in India, paper presented at the IWMI-Tata workshop in Anand, Gujarat, 27-29 January 2003

Bhattarai, Madhusudan and A Narayanamoorthy, Irrigation and other Factors Contribution to the Agricultural Growth and Development in India: A Cross-State Panel Data Analysis for 1970 to 94, paper presented at the IWMI-Tata workshop in Anand, Gujarat, 27-29 January 2003

Bhattarai, Madhusudan, Whether Irrigation has started to become a Nuisance Commodity: Relationaship between Irrigation and Income Growth using Cross-Country Analysis, a selected paper presented at the International Conference on Irrigation Water Policies: Micro and Macro Considerations, jointly organized by World Bank and Government of Morocco, Agadir, Morocco, 15-17 June 2002

Bhattarai Madhusudan and Michael Hammig, Governance, Economic Policy and the Environment Kuznets Curve for Natural Tropical Forest, selected paper presented at the Second World Congress of Environmental Economics, California, USA, June 2002

Hussain, Intizar and Madhusudan Bhattarai Comprehensive Assessment of Socio-Economic Impacts of Agricultural Water Uses: Concepts, Approaches and Analytical Tools (PDF 432KB)

Narayanamoorthy, A. Does Groundwater Irrigation Reduce Rural Poverty? Evidence from Indian States. Irrigation and Drainage, 56: 349–362, 2007

Duration: 2002 to 2003