Local Organization and Bureaucracy in a Lao Irrigation Projec

TitleLocal Organization and Bureaucracy in a Lao Irrigation Projec
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1980
AuthorsCoward, Jr. EW
Book TitleIrrigation and Agricultural Development in Asia: Perspectives from the Social Sciences
Chapter15
Pagination329-344
PublisherCornell University Press
CityIthaca, New York
Source DocumentAccessible with appropriate permission
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Nam Tan Irrigation Project

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The Nam Tam watershed is located in the Sainyabuli Province of western Laos. The Nam Tan Irrigation Project dammed the river in the late 1960's and downstream rice agriculture in a 2000 hectare area of the Muong Phieng Valley shifted from an indigenous to bureaucratic irrigation system. Initial success of the Project was attributed to the adaptation of the "water headman," a traditional irrigation leadership role, in the formal structure of the Project.This case was part of the original CPR...
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