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Drivers of groundwater utilization in water-limited rice production systems in Nepal

Author: Urfels, A.
Author: Mcdonald, A.
Author: Krupnik, T.J.
Author: Oel, P. van
Year: 2020
ISSN: 0250-8060 (Print)
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/20664
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2019.1708172
Description: Most rice farmers in Nepal’s Terai region do not fully utilize irrigation during breaks in monsoon rainfall. This leads to yield losses despite abundant groundwater resources and ongoing expansion of diesel pumps and tubewell infrastructure. We investigate this puzzle by characterizing delay factors governing tubewell irrigation across wealth and precipitation gradients. After the decision to irrigate, different factors delay irrigation by roughly one week. While more sustainable and inexpensive energy for pumping may eventually catalyze transformative change, we identify near-term interventions that may increase rice farmers’ resilience to water stress in smallholder-dominated farming communities based on prevailing types of irrigation infrastructure.
Country of Focus: NEPAL
Agrovoc: GROUNDWATER
Agrovoc: IRRIGATION WATER
Agrovoc: DECISION MAKING
Agrovoc: SMALLHOLDERS
Agrovoc: RESILIENCE
Related Datasets: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/02508060.2019.1708172?scroll=top&needAccess=true#
Journal: Water International


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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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