Economic analyses of irrigation projects

Why economic analyses of irrigation projects?

Our commitment to this topic stems from two main observations:

  • the weakness of the economic studies carried out as part of the feasibility analysis or design of irrigation projects, partly due to the conciseness of the ToR that define the services, the choice to focus more on technical considerations, and the limited resources allocated to these studies (time/budget);
  • the mismatch between the analysis methods requested based on a relatively standardised approach (cost-benefit analysis/calculation of internal rate of return) and the specific objectives of each hydro-agricultural investment project.

What do we do?

One of our working groups has taken up economic issues related to irrigation, and more specifically, is focusing on the roles and ways of carrying out economic analyses of irrigation projects. A study is currently underway on optimising and providing practical recommendations for conducting ex-ante economic analyses adapted to the characteristics of hydro-agricultural projects.

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