How to Support Effective and Inclusive Irrigation Water Users’ Associations: A Guide for Practitioners.

The purpose of this Guide is to provide an overview of the major considerations and steps to be followed in organizing new irrigation farmers’ organizations – referred to as Irrigation Water Users’ Associations (IWUAs) in this report. A basic assumption is that a specialized formal IWUA is the optimum option for implementing a program aimed at creating or improving a collectively managed irrigation scheme. The Guide is focused on programs involving the construction of new irrigation schemes; rehabilitation, modernization or revitalization of existing irrigation schemes; or supporting farmers wishing to improve the performance of their irrigation scheme. Therefore, the intended audience for this Guide is the set of practitioners responsible for planning and implementing such programs, e.g., managers of publicly or externally supported projects, government agricultural and irrigation officials, private initiatives and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).