The Management Improvement Program: A Model to Improve the Performance of Irrigated Agricultureby A. R. Dedrick,
S. A. Rish,
Abstract: In 1991, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service U. S. Water Conservation Laboratory (USWCL) and a coalition of federal, state, and county agencies initiated a project to develop and test the Management Improvement Program (MIP) as a methodology for improving the performance of an irrigated agricultural area. The MIP is a process that aims to involve multiple stakeholders in the identification, development, and implementation of plans to strengthen the sustainability of the system. A demonstration application was carried out in the service area of Arizona.s Maricopa Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District. A facilitation team guided the MIP activities until the beginning of 1994. Since then, a team of local growers and agency representatives has led the process. This paper briefly describes the demonstration MIP's background and application and key lessons learned.
Subject Headings: Water conservation | Management methods | Irrigation | Irrigation water | Laboratory tests | Federal government | Project management | Sustainable development
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