Estimating the impacts of water pricing on smallholder irrigators in North West Province, South Africa

Speelman Stijn, Buysse Jeroen, Farolfi Stefano, Frija Aymen, D'Haese Marijke, D'Haese Luc. 2009. Estimating the impacts of water pricing on smallholder irrigators in North West Province, South Africa. Agricultural Water Management, 96 (11) : pp. 1560-1566.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : WATER RESOURCES / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : AGRONOMY

Abstract : Worldwide growing water scarcity has increased the call for economic instruments to stimulate rational water use in agriculture. Furthermore, cost-recovery is now widely accepted as a cornerstone of sustainable water management. In many developing countries, where agricultural water use is often still subsidised, water pricing policies are developed for allocating water efficiently and achieving sustainability of water systems. However, the impacts of water pricing policies on irrigation water use and on farm production systems is mostly unknown. We introduce an innovative two-stage methodology that allows estimating these effects at farm level. Applying the method to small-scale irrigators in South Africa, we show that water demand is quite responsive even to small changes in water price. In addition, the introduction of a water price significantly decreases farmprofit. This appears to be a problem primarily for the poorer farmers. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Gestion des eaux, eau, Modèle mathématique, Modèle de simulation, Prix, Irrigation, Petite exploitation agricole, Conservation de l'eau

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique du Sud

Classification Agris : P10 - Water resources and management
U10 - Computer science, mathematics and statistics
F06 - Irrigation

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2005-2013) - Intensification écologique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Speelman Stijn, University of Ghent (BEL)
  • Buysse Jeroen, University of Ghent (BEL)
  • Farolfi Stefano, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MOZ) ORCID: 0000-0003-4712-2497
  • Frija Aymen, University of Ghent (BEL)
  • D'Haese Marijke, University of Ghent (BEL)
  • D'Haese Luc, University of Ghent (BEL)

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