Water Governance in Uzbekistan – Lessons Learnt From an Economic Field Experiment on Irrigation


The main research aim of the project is to improve the food and livelihood security of local farmers in Uzbekistan by increasing crop productivity through better irrigation management. In particular, the research focus is to examine whether sustainability and efficiency of irrigation management improves when more responsibility and competences in managing water distribution are assigned to farmers. For this, the water Irrigation Game, a field experiment based on game theoretic models, will be conducted with farmers in a community nearby Tashkent. Thus, the research conducted under this project not only attempts to study the social and ecological situation in the respective area, but shall assist local farmers to overcome their social dilemma.The proposed project will enable the researcher to employ novel methods (experimental) in the study of natural resource management and acquire data essential for academic work of the Division of Resource Economics. Furthermore, the project allows the responsible researcher to interact with Central Asian academics, researchers and practitioners in a number of events in which he has already been accepted. The empirical findings can eventually contribute to eradicate rural poverty in Uzbekistan.
The main research aim of the project is to improve the food and livelihood security of local farmers in Uzbekistan by increasing crop productivity through better irrigation management. In particular, the research focus is to examine whether sustainability and efficiency of irrigation management improves when more responsibility and competences in managing water distribution are assigned to farmers. For this, the water Irrigation Game, a field experiment based on game theoretic models, will be conducted with farmers in a community nearby Tashkent. Thus, the research conducted under this project not only attempts to study the social and ecological situation in the respective area, but shall assist local farmers to overcome their social dilemma.The proposed project will enable the researcher to employ novel methods (experimental) in the study of natural resource management and acquire data essential for academic work of the Division of Resource Economics. Furthermore, the project allows the responsible researcher to interact with Central Asian academics, researchers and practitioners in a number of events in which he has already been accepted. The empirical findings can eventually contribute to eradicate rural poverty in Uzbekistan.


Principal Investigators
Hagedorn, Conrad Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (Details) (Resource Economics)

Duration of Project
Start date: 04/2015
End date: 07/2015

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