Giant Irrigation Projects: What Effect on Rural Development

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 8, Pg. 63-67

Document Type: Feature article


The success of large-scale irrigation/agriculture projects in the developing world is dependent on good engineering, good management and good planning. The benefits of the first two are obvious, but the role of good planning is often overlooked. If the needs and desires of the farmers are not part of the planning, project success may be compromised. And, without a rural development strategy, irrigation projects may cause more problems than they solve. Here are two case histories, Kenana Sugar Project and Rahad Irrigation Project (Sudan) where the planners worked with engineers to create a project both technically and socially successful.

Subject Headings: Irrigation | Rural areas | Project management | Case studies | Agriculture | Developing countries | Social factors | Engineering history | Sudan | Africa

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