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ITRC Paper No. P 19-001.  Charles M. Burt and Kunduz Masylkanova

The Costs of Irrigation Inefficiency in Tajikistan

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A study of irrigation inefficiency in Tajikistan was conducted as the first phase of a larger regional assessment of irrigation inefficiency in Central Asia. This study focuses on Tajikistan in recognition of the interest expressed by national authorities who have articulated concerns about the intensity of energy and water in Tajikistan’s economy. Along with its Central Asian neighbors, Tajikistan is highly water- and energy-intensive. The irrigation sector is one of the largest consumers of power in the country. Irrigation efficiency and energy use in the sector are intricately interlinked, and inefficiencies in the use of one resource inevitably have an impact on the other. The study focused on causes, costs, and solutions of low irrigation efficiency in Tajikistan’s irrigated agriculture. Its main purpose was to raise awareness about the high costs resulting from irrigation inefficiency in Tajikistan.


This report was prepared by Charles M. Burt, Ph.D, P.E., Chairman, Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC), BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) under the coordination of Ijsbrand de Jong, Lead Irrigation Specialist of the World Bank. Kunduz Masylkanova, Senior Economist at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) prepared the economic section of the report.



Burt, C.M. and K. Masylkanova.  2017.  The Costs of Irrigation Inefficincy in Tajikistan. Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program. World Bank Group. Report No. ACS21200.


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