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The agricultural groundwater revolution: opportunities and threats to development.

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This book addresses the issues of using groundwater in agricultural production in the developing world. By addressing the problems associated with the degradation and overexploitation of the groundwater resources, it explores the practiced and potential methods that meet the massive challenges of agricultural water management in the context of agricultural development. The book is divided into three parts plus two final chapters. Part I provides regional overviews of agricultural groundwater systems covering much of the developing world. The regions include 'traditional' use areas such as South Asia, China and the Middle East/North Africa where groundwater already contributes substantially to existing agricultural economies. It also includes two areas, sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Part II presents an overview of three major governance paradigms that have been, or might be, employed to address challenges facing groundwater management. Part III provides a series of case studies that examine how these governance paradigms have actually functioned on the ground. A chapter concludes the book with n overview of the state of affairs in agricultural water use in the developing world, the opportunities and threats for the resource to continue contributing t global food supply and to lifting farmers out of poverty and into the future, agricultural or not, tat they most desire.


Book Chapters

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) The agricultural groundwater revolution: setting the stage. Author(s): Giordano, M. Villholth, K. G.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 7) The groundwater economy of South Asia: an assessment of size, significance and socio-ecological impacts. Author(s): Tushaar Shah
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) The development, challenges and management of groundwater in rural China. Author(s): Wang JinXia Huang JiKun Blanke, A. Huang, Q. Q. Rozelle, S.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 63) Rural economic transitions: groundwater use in the Middle East and its environmental consequences. Author(s): Allan, J. A. T.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 79) Sub-saharan Africa: opportunistic exploitation. Author(s): Masiyandima, M. Giordano, M. F.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 100) Groundwater in Central America: its importance, development and use, with particular reference to its role in irrigated agriculture. Author(s): Ballestero, M. Reyes, V. Astorga, Y.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 131) Community management of groundwater. Author(s): Schlager, E.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 153) Instruments and institutions for groundwater management. Author(s): Kemper, K. E.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 173) When the well runs dry but livelihood continues: adaptive responses to groundwater depletion and strategies for mitigating the associated impacts. Author(s): Moench, M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 195) The groundwater recharge movement in India. Author(s): Ramaswamy Sakthivadivel
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 211) Energy-irrigation nexus in South Asia: improving groundwater conservation and power sector viability. Author(s): Tushaar Shah Scott, C. Kishore, A. Abhishek Sharma
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 243) To adapt or not to adapt: the dilemma between long-term resource management and short-term livelihood. Author(s): Srinivas Mudrakartha
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 266) Lessons from intensive groundwater use in Spain: economic and social benefits and conflicts. Author(s): Llamas, M. R. Garrido, A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 296) Groundwater management in the high plains aquifer in the USA: legal problems and innovations. Author(s): Peck, J. C.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 320) Institutional directions in groundwater management in Australia. Author(s): Turral, H. Fullagar, I.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 362) Sharing groundwater information, knowledge and experience on a worldwide scale. Author(s): Gun, J. A. M. van der
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 393) Groundwater use in a global perspective - can it be managed? Author(s): Villholth, K. G. Giordano, M.

Book details

  • Author Affiliation
  • International Water Management Institute, 127, Sunil Mawatha, Pelawatte, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2007
  • ISBN
  • 9781845931728
  • Record Number
  • 20073043512