How much do we know about the principles or traditional methods of distributing water in the South? Should we accept current orthodoxies about the cultivator and his crops, farmers as a group, and the need for central management of the scheme? Simon Croxton introduces the issues, while Marc Lammerink and Isaack Oenga explain what they mean by community management through partnership.
For two years, NGOs have been working with villagers from three continents in an ambitious attempt to develop a flexible research methodology — and strengthen community water management. Just an interesting academic exercise? Or the basis for future agency/user co-operation and real participatory planning?