Title

Examining the Socioeconomic Impacts of Irrigation in the Southeast Anatolia Region of Turkey

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2007

Abstract

We explore the socioeconomic changes following implementation of an irrigation system in the Southeast Anatolia region of Turkey, and examines whether the improvement originally envisioned was achieved. We surveyed seven irrigated and eight non-irrigated villages in Sanliurfa Province, collecting several indicators at the household level, including crop patterns, household living standards, and access to water. Local perception of the irrigation project and decisions regarding water use also are examined. The irrigation projects have improved knowledge sharing of irrigation technology and helped to introduce the sharing of agricultural machinery. The projects also seem to have shifted the tribal hierarchy toward peer relationships. While positive changes are observed in irrigated villages, there remain socioeconomic problems that need to be addressed, such as water user association management and salinization.

Keywords

Household survey; GAP; Socioeconomic assessment

Discipline

Agricultural and Resource Economics

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics

Publication

Agricultural Water Management

Volume

88

Issue

1/3

First Page

247

Last Page

252

ISSN

0378-3774

Identifier

10.1016/j.agwat.2006.11.001

Publisher

Elsevier

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2006.11.001

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