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Didactic tools for supporting participatory water management in collective irrigation schemes

Vandersypen K., Keïta A.C.T., Lidon B., Raes D., Jamin J.Y.. 2008. Irrigation and Drainage Systems, 22 (1) : p. 103-113.

In many irrigation schemes, Water Users Associations (WUAs) acquired the responsibility for water management after withdrawal of the state. Based on the success of some indigenous irrigation schemes, it was assumed that farmers could easily become managers. As decision-making was the exclusive terrain of the governmental agencies that ran the schemes, farmers never gained the necessary experience with water management. Therefore, training of farmers and WUAs on the principles and processes of water management is essential. This paper demonstrates a practical example of training material on water management that incorporates research results on the process of Irrigation Management Transfer and resulting farmers¿ water management for the case of the Office du Niger irrigation scheme. The results of the paper explain how input from research was used in the four steps of the construction of training material. These steps are (1) setting the training agenda, (2) selecting and adapting information to be featured, (3) targeting the audience and (4) designing the actual training material. A first validation of the approach and examples of the actual training material were obtained in a workshop uniting all stakeholders. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés : approches participatives; système d'aide à la décision; réseau d'irrigation; irrigation; gestion des eaux; mali

Thématique : Ressources en eau et leur gestion; Irrigation

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