ASSESSMENT OF IRRIGATION SYSTEM PERFORMANCE IN SOUTH‐WESTERN BURKINA FASO uri icon

abstract

  • A methodology for assessing irrigation system performance was developed by the then International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI, now IWMI) in the 1990s in Burkina Faso. It was applied successfully to small-scale reservoir-based irrigation schemes (50-150 ha). The current study was carried out on two larger river-diversion irrigation systems in the south-west of the country, namely Vall?e du Kou (1200 ha) and Karfigu?la (350 ha), in order to analyse and verify: the applicability of the methodology to large-scale river-diversion schemes with more complex hydraulic networks and greater economic activities; the relevance of the performance indicators used and the constraints pertaining to the acquisition of the basic data required for their determination; the scope for adoption and application of the methodology by farmers' organizations for routine performance monitoring. The methodology seems well suited for large-scale irrigation systems, but its adoption by farmers' organizations has to be facilitated and accompanied by adequate training and the close involvement of the system managers. The indicators requiring the manipulation of a few physical elements can be determined relatively easily. Those involving water measurements are more difficult to calculate. The study makes a critical analysis of some indicators and demonstrates the evidence of the necessity to select among the indicators with regard to the irrigation system context
  • A methodology for assessing irrigation system performance was developed by the then International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI, now IWMI) in the 1990s in Burkina Faso. It was applied successfully to small-scale reservoir-based irrigation schemes (50-150 ha). The current study was carried out on two larger river-diversion irrigation systems in the south-west of the country, namely Vallee du Kou (1200 ha) and Karfiguela (350 ha), in order to analyse and verify:
  • A methodology for assessing irrigation system performance was developed by the then International Irrigation Management Institute (IIMI, now IWMI) in the 1990s in Burkina Faso. It was applied successfully to small-scale reservoir-based irrigation schemes (50150 ha). The current study was carried out on two larger river-diversion irrigation systems in the south-west of the country, namely Valle du Kou (1200 ha) and Karfigula (350 ha), in order to analyse and verify:the applicability of the methodology to large-scale river-diversion schemes with more complex hydraulic networks and greater economic activities;the relevance of the performance indicators used and the constraints pertaining to the acquisition of the basic data required for their determination;the scope for adoption and application of the methodology by farmersâ?? organizations for routine performance monitoring.The methodology seems well suited for large-scale irrigation systems, but its adoption by farmersâ?? organizations has to be facilitated and accompanied by adequate training and the close involvement of the system managers. The indicators requiring the manipulation of a few physical elements can be determined relatively easily. Those involving water measurements are more difficult to calculate. The study makes a critical analysis of some indicators and demonstrates the evidence of the necessity to select among the indicators with regard to the irrigation system context
  • The methodology seems well suited for large-scale irrigation systems, but its adoption by farmers' organizations has to be facilitated and accompanied by adequate training and the close involvement of the system managers. The indicators requiring the manipulation of a few physical elements can be determined relatively easily. Those involving water measurements are more difficult to calculate. The study makes a critical analysis of some indicators and demonstrates the evidence of the necessity to select among the indicators with regard to the irrigation system context. Copyright (c) 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • the applicability of the methodology to large-scale river-diversion schemes with more complex hydraulic networks and greater economic activities;
  • the relevance of the performance indicators used and the constraints pertaining to the acquisition of the basic data required for their determination;
  • the scope for adoption and application of the methodology by farmers' organizations for routine performance monitoring.

publication date

  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2012
  • 2012