Economic Analysis of Irrigation Rehabilitation Projects

by Jose Olivares, World Bank, World Bank,
Robert Wieland, World Bank, World Bank,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydropower: Recent Developments


This paper discusses the assessment of the costs and benefits of irrigation rehabilitation and modernization projects. It summarizes the methodology used at the World Bank to assess the economic viability of agricultural projects, in general, and discusses some of the particular characteristics of the irrigation rehabilitation projects. Then, four examples are introduced to illustrate the discussion. These were chosen to represent the most frequent types of irrigation rehabilitation and modernization projects the Bank is invited to finance: two 'standard', straightforward rehabilitation projects, one involving basically electro-mechanical works (Sudan) and the other civil engineering works (Peru); one project with an important modernization and expansion component (Greece), and one to preempt the catastrophic failure of the system involved (India). The Peru case also involves the establishment of a drainage system.

Subject Headings: Project management | Rehabilitation | Irrigation systems | Irrigation | Economic factors | Developing countries | Systems engineering | Peru | South America | Sudan | Africa | Greece | Europe | India | Asia

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