Participatory water management and adoption of micro-irrigation systems: smallholder farmers in arid north-western China Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This study investigates smallholder farmers’ participation in and knowledge of village-based water user associations in north-western China, and analyzes their interplay with membership in water associations and installation and application of micro-irrigation systems. Using farmer survey data, a multivariate probit model is built to analyze the effects of influential factors. Results show significant effects of farmers’ perceptions of water shortage and its causes, attitudes to water conservation, village-based information, and incentives on the membership in water user associations and installation and application of micro-irrigation. Policies promoting micro-irrigation adoption should target decentralized water management and facilitate farmers’ participation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Fan, Y., Park, S., & Nan, Z.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • December 2017