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.


You can consult the Terms of Reference for the production of a guide on the implementation of economic analyses of irrigation projects adapted to their specific challenges

Making good use of economic analysis in the design of irrigation projects POSTER

a webinar for launching the guide occurred on 31th May 2022, the replay video and the support of the presentation are available.

The consortium IRAM/Aeda Consult is in charge of this action.

Adress your production suggestions, in particular on the economic guide, at the following email :, specifying in the email object this reference « Guide d’analyse économique ».


How to use economic analysis for viable and sustainable irrigation projects (in French) - First edition - March 2022 - Frédéric Bazin and Sylvain Cédat - IRAM and Florence Deram Malerbe -ADEA-Consult

Insights into the economic analysis of irrigation projects AGENAIS AL, AMEN JF, BAZIN F, De ABREU B, DULIOUST J, El OUAAMARI S, FUSILLIER JL, MALERBE F, STROSSER P, VENOT JP – 2019