Participatory operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes training manual No.10

This Training Manual summarises some guidelines on participatory approaches for the planning, development, operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes, focusing on smallholder group schemes. The manual describes how communities could be mobilised into strong water user groups to manage irrigation systems sustainably. It is a general manual and should be used in conjunction with respective designs and tailored to realities of specific irrigation schemes and stakeholders. however, major technical issues require the resolution of qualified engineers or other professionals.This Training Manual is meant to inform, educate, enhance knowledge and practice targeting smallholder irrigation in the NEL region. The information contained here may not be exhaustive and thus, readers are encouraged to seek further information from references cited in this publication and elsewhere.