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In 2000, the Federal Government of Pakistan transferred the responsibility for management and development of water resources to its Provincial Governments. Irrigated agriculture is important in poverty alleviation in Sindh Province, where this study was undertaken on behalf of the Government of Sindh and the World Bank. This paper presents issues and options for water resources management, in particular in the irrigation and drainage sub-sector. The paper outlines operations and maintenance; service delivery; on-farm productivity; asset management and, most importantly, modernization in place of rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage infrastructure, as rehabilitation has been found to perpetuate the vicious cycle of “building, neglecting and rebuilding”. This paper is leading to the preparation of the Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project, under proposal for financing by the World Bank. The preparation of the paper was by the FAO Investment Centre. The study is relevant to other countries interested to improve management of their water resources.
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