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The Kano River Project, Nigeria: the Impact of an Irrigation Scheme on Productivity and Welfare

  • Tina Wallace

Abstract

The Kano River Project is a large-scale, capital-intensive irrigation scheme designed to cover an area of 58,000 acres in Kano State, Nigeria. The project comes under the authority of the Hadejia-Juma’are River Basin Development Authority, and is the first of several such schemes which will eventually cover 146,000 acres in Kano State. The project was started in 1971, and the initial research was conducted in 1976–77 when the scheme was still in its first phase, and restricted to 3000 acres. Millions of naira are already committed to developing irrigation in northern Nigeria, and although the first scheme is still in its infancy it is important to look closely at the progress and problems of the project and raise key issues relating to irrigation now. This paper will focus particularly on the stated reasons for introducing irrigation and the specific assumptions which have shaped the design of the project and, in turn, the implications these decisions have for present and future rural development in the area.

Keywords

Rural Development Small Farmer Land Tenure Irrigation Scheme Family Labour 
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