Elaborating Public Action for Irrigation in Uganda (Charlotte TORRETTI)

Sketch published in The Independent, a prominent Ugandan news magazine
(November 4-10, 2016)

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In Uganda, agricultural schemes introduced irrigation and rice mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Three projects implemented by the Chinese cooperation quickly fell aside as the country entered a prolonged period of political instability and violence. At the time, the “Green Revolution” was the dominant paradigm behind agricultural policies. Most of the large irrigation schemes were either abandoned by international donors and states starting the 1980s, or privatized following structural adjustment plans. Agriculture was no longer a priority but was left to the private sector. Since early 2000s, such schemes are once again becoming a significant public action among African countries, including in Uganda. This paper aims at understanding this revival of interest, a perspective at the crossroads of political ecology and political agronomy.

Contact the author: torretti.charlotte@gmail.com

Charlotte TORRETTI, ” Elaborating Public Action for Irrigation in Uganda: Who Does What, Why and How? ” , Mambo!, Vol. XV, (4), 2018.

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