Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Decentralized Irrigation Development and Management Sector Project

For a largely rice-based agricultural economy such as the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), irrigation systems had to be well maintained and operated efficiently. However, many pumps were old and poorly maintained, hence, the irrigation systems were not functioning efficiently. The pumps needed to be rehabilitated to improve water management in the Lao PDR, but government funding for their operation and maintenance (O&M) was insufficient because of budgetary constraints and the absence of a systematic program for undertaking O&M. Most water users did not have adequate technical and extension support and needed administrative, financial, and technical training. A proper legal framework governing the water user groups was lacking. More formal water user associations (WUAs) needed to be established under a clear institutional framework. Without such a support, beneficiaries were not able to optimize the use of water and adopt modern farming technology, which would lead to higher productivity and incomes.

The project aimed to induce economic growth, promote food security, and reduce poverty through increased agricultural production in the project areas in Lao People's Democratic Republic. IED overall assessment: Successful



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