Project Profile

Scoping Study to assess constraints and opportunities for sustaining the tank irrigation ecosystems and smallholder livelihoods in East India and Nepal

Duration : May 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013
(Extended to December 31, 2013)

The main objective of the study is to investigate the characteristics of tank irrigation in Eastern India and Nepal, and draw lessons for improving the productivity of tank irrigation. Three states i.e. West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa will be covered by the study. In each state one district with a large concentration of tanks will be selected in addition to one district in Terai region of Nepal. In each of these districts 30 tanks will be selected for in-depth study giving a total of 120 individual tanks. Pilots will be undertaken in selected tanks to examine the water management interventions with stakeholder participation. Both Secondary and Primary data will be used for the study. Standard statistical and econometric tools will be used for data analysis.

Location(s): India, Nepal
Project Contact: Palanisami K.
Donor(s): ACIAR

Farmers cultivating lettuce, while another farmer digs a small canal (marwa) with a donkey, Egypt. Photo: cc: Hamish John Appleby/IWMI