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Pedaling out of poverty: Social impact of a manual irrigation technology in South Asia

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  • Shah, Tushaar
  • Alam, Mahmudul
  • Kumar, M. Dinesh
  • Nagar, Rashmi K.
  • Singh, Mahendra

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An assessment of the social impact of treadle pump technology for manual irrigation in eastern India, the Nepal Terai, and Bangladesh, South Asia's so-called "poverty square." Treadle pump technology can be a powerful tool for poverty reduction in this region. It "self-selects" the poor, and puts to productive use the region's vast surplus family labor. It is claimed that the treadle pump could raise the annual net household income by US$100, on the average.

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  • Shah, Tushaar & Alam, Mahmudul & Kumar, M. Dinesh & Nagar, Rashmi K. & Singh, Mahendra, 2000. "Pedaling out of poverty: Social impact of a manual irrigation technology in South Asia," IWMI Research Reports 44571, International Water Management Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iwmirr:44571
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.44571
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    1. Hanjra, Munir A. & Ferede, Tadele & Gutta, Debel Gemechu, 2009. "Reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through investments in water and other priorities," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 96(7), pages 1062-1070, July.
    2. Castillo, G. E. & Namara, Regassa & Ravnborg, H. M. & Hanjra, M. A. & Smith, L. & Hussein, M. H. & Bene, Christopher & Cook, S. & Hirsch, D. & Polak, P. & Valee, Domitille & van Koppen, Barbara, 2007. "Reversing the flow: agricultural water management pathways for poverty reduction," Book Chapters,, International Water Management Institute.
    3. Giordano, Meredith & de Fraiture, Charlotte, 2014. "Small private irrigation: Enhancing benefits and managing trade-offs," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 175-182.
    4. Namara, Regassa E. & Hanjra, Munir A. & Castillo, Gina E. & Ravnborg, Helle Munk & Smith, Lawrence & Van Koppen, Barbara, 2010. "Agricultural water management and poverty linkages," Agricultural Water Management, Elsevier, vol. 97(4), pages 520-527, April.
    5. Hagos, Fitsum & Jayasinghe, Gayathri & Awulachew, Seleshi Bekele & Loulseged, Makonnen & Denekew, Aster, 2008. "Poverty impacts of agricultural water management technologies in Ethiopia," IWMI Conference Proceedings 233265, International Water Management Institute.
    6. Hussain, I. & Giordano, M. & Hanjra, M. A., 2003. "Agricultural water and poverty linkages: Case studies on large and small systems," IWMI Research Reports 158358, International Water Management Institute.
    7. Hagos, Fitsum & Jayasinghe, Gayathree & Awulachew, Seleshi Bekele & Loulseged, Makonnen & Yilma, Aster Denekew, 2011. "Poverty impacts of agricultural water management technologies in Ethiopia," Conference Papers h044263, International Water Management Institute.
    8. Hussain, I. & Giordano, M. & Hanjra, M. A., 2003. "Agricultural water and poverty linkages: Case studies on large and small systems," Book Chapters,, International Water Management Institute.
    9. Hagos, Fitsum & Jayasinghe, Gayathree & Awulachew, Seleshi Bekele & Loulseged, Makonnen & Yilma, Aster Denekew, 2011. "Poverty impacts of agricultural water management technologies in Ethiopia," IWMI Conference Proceedings 210891, International Water Management Institute.
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    11. Dessalegn, Mengistu & Merrey, D. J., 2014. "Is ‘Social Cooperation’ for traditional irrigation, while ‘Technology’ is for motor pump irrigation?," IWMI Reports 201004, International Water Management Institute.
    12. Burney, Jennifer A. & Naylor, Rosamond L., 2012. "Smallholder Irrigation as a Poverty Alleviation Tool in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(1), pages 110-123.
    13. Hagos, Fitsum & Jayasinghe, Gayathri & Awulachew, Seleshi Bekele & Loulseged, Makonnen & Denekew, Aster, 2008. "Poverty impacts of agricultural water management technologies in Ethiopia," Conference Papers h041695, International Water Management Institute.

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