ANALYSIS OF FARMERS PARTICIPATION FOR WATER MANAGEMENT IN SINDH PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN
Keywords:community development, farmers, rural development, watercourse association
The paper attempts to ensure that participation is a systematic involvement of local people in diverse activities to manage their own problems that transports sustainability. Therefore, the higher the farmers’ participation in water management ensures the higher the level of agricultural benefits. Consequently, the participation value was insisted to identify the level of farmers’ indulgence regarding participation in water management activities in Sindh Province of Pakistan. The research considers the Cohen and Uphoff’s participation theory that led to the cross-sectional data collection, using multi-stage cluster sampling from 457 farmers in Sindh province of Pakistan. The paper reports the results, involving confirmatory factor analysis, in which, farmers’ participation via planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of water-user associations were scientifically measured. The study revealed that the majority of the farmers were averagely involved in water management activities. Therefore, it was concluded that there is a room for betterment in the participatory irrigation management for desired sustainable results in the particular studied area.
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