ICE - Gerald Lacey lecture 2022 - Just add water: A history of irrigation management in India since Gerald Lacey

16th May 2022 1:00 pm

Irrigation in India has changed significantly since the days that Gerald Lacey was the Principal of the University of Roorkee. Most notably, groundwater irrigation has largely replaced protective irrigation, which aimed to spread water thinly over as large an area as possible and was widely practised in North India. Groundwater irrigation now accounts for almost two-thirds of India’s irrigation water supply. Service delivery, the political economy, and governance of irrigation in India have all played a role in this transition.

The quality of irrigation services is therefore closely linked to the judicious use of groundwater. Recent developments in the monitoring of irrigation performance through remote sensing have made it possible to introduce performance-based irrigation management and can help improve these services.

Join us at this year’s Gerald Lacey lecture, to be delivered by IJsbrand de Jong, a water resources specialist at the World Bank. The lecture will explore how irrigation in India has changed, the reasons for these changes, and how public irrigation agencies can become more accountable and sustainable and improve the quality of services they deliver.

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