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Moving from data to improving irrigation services – Irrigation Benchmarking for Irrigation Professionals

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Presented by Ian Makin at Asia Water Forum, Manila, Philippines
International Water Management Institute(IWMI)
October 2, 2018

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Moving from data to improving irrigation services – Irrigation Benchmarking for Irrigation Professionals

  1. 1. Moving from data to improving irrigation services – Irrigation Benchmarking for Irrigation Professionals Ian W Makin International Water Management Institute October 2018
  2. 2. Benchmarking - What, Why, and How • Irrigation Benchmarking • Improving irrigation services • Moving from data to improving irrigation services • Transformational Change Photo: Hamish John Appelby / IWMI
  3. 3. Irrigation benchmarking is • a process of comparative analysis of the performance that allows scheme managers to understand the service, financial and other aspects of their system’s performance compared to: –similar irrigation schemes –performance in previous seasons –defined performance objectives
  4. 4. Improving irrigation services • Farmers invest in irrigated agriculture when Irrigation Services are predictable Photo: Faseeh Shams / IWMI
  5. 5. Improving irrigation services • Farmers also invest in irrigation when formal services are UNPREDICTABLE Photo: Hamish John Appelby / IWMI
  6. 6. Moving from data to improving irrigation services Photo: Rubicon Water Photo: Faseeh Shams / IWMI Photo: Ian Makin
  7. 7. Moving from data to improving irrigation services Much data collected never becomes information to help understand performance and to improve management or service delivery
  8. 8. Irrigation performance requires Asset management
  9. 9. A new agenda for reform of irrigation services • Asset management and Performance benchmarking alone will NOT improve performance • Irrigation agencies must become “service oriented” organizations, with: – Well defined strategic plans and objectives – Commitment to excellence in service delivery – Effective user participation – Effective water and environment polices • Organizational reform requires senior champions of change.
  10. 10. Thank you Ian W Makin i.makin@cgiar.org

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