Past Research Projects

Effects of Irrigation on Poverty Reduction: The Case of Sri Lanka

The aim of this study is to demonstrate quantitatively the impact of irrigation infrastructure on poverty reduction and socio-economic welfare in the target areas of a yen loan project for irrigation construction in Sri Lanka. A strict micro-econometric approach is used, based on a unique set of panel data that was collected independently. This project has been running since the period of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Institute. Jointly with the local survey partner, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), panel data collection was conducted a total of seven times from 2000 to 2007. This project, which capitalizes on a unique data set, comprehensively analyzes the direct and indirect effects of infrastructure building on poverty reduction and income levels.