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Gerald Lacey Lecture 2022: Just add water. A history of irrigation management in India since Gerald Lacey

16th May 2022; 13:00hrs BST; Online

Our 2022 Gerald Lacey Lecture will explore the significant changes that irrigation in India has undergone since the days of Gerald Lacey. Most notably, protective irrigation, practiced in particular in North India, has been replaced by groundwater irrigation that now accounts for almost 2/3 of India’s irrigation water supply. The lecture will delve into the reasons for this spectacular change, with a focus on service delivery, political economy and governance of irrigation in India. The speaker will provide suggestions on how public irrigation agencies can reinvent themselves by strengthening accountability and sustainability, and by improving the quality of irrigation service delivery. The lecture will emphasize the importance of performance monitoring and performance-based O&M, while promoting a more judicious use of groundwater.

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Speaker: IJsbrand H. de Jong, Lead Water Resources Specialist, World Bank

Mr de Jong is the World Bank’s Lead Water Resources Specialist for Indonesia, based in Jakarta. His responsibilities include providing advice on the strategy and long-range policy and program for water resources management, irrigation, drainage and flood control in Indonesia. Prior to Indonesia, Mr de Jong was the Bank’s Lead Water Resources Specialist for South Asia, based in New Delhi, India and in Central Asia, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr de Jong held several positions, among others with the United Nations, NGOs and private sector in South, South-East and Central Asia and Africa in the field of irrigation, water resources management and rural development.

Mr de Jong holds a Master of Science degree in Water Resources from the University of Wageningen.