Trends and perceptions of rural household groundwater use and the implications for smallholder agriculture in rain-fed Southern Laos

Vote, Camilla, Newby, Jonathan, Phouyyavong, Khamphou, Inthavong, Thavone and Eberbach, Philip (2015) Trends and perceptions of rural household groundwater use and the implications for smallholder agriculture in rain-fed Southern Laos. International Journal of Water Resources Development, 31 4: 558-574. doi:10.1080/07900627.2015.1015071


Author Vote, Camilla
Newby, Jonathan
Phouyyavong, Khamphou
Inthavong, Thavone
Eberbach, Philip
Title Trends and perceptions of rural household groundwater use and the implications for smallholder agriculture in rain-fed Southern Laos
Journal name International Journal of Water Resources Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0648
0790-0627
Publication date 2015-02-27
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07900627.2015.1015071
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 558
End page 574
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In Laos, the extent of rural groundwater use is largely unknown. This paper presents results of a study conducted in Champasak province, Southern Laos, to examine rural household attitudes to groundwater use and management; and to gauge farmer perceptions of the opportunities/constraints of increased groundwater use for smallholder agriculture. Significant differences in groundwater use, total cash income and perceived groundwater quality were found. Further agricultural expansion was constrained by insufficient labour and the limited area of individual landholdings, not by the limited groundwater supply, which was the preferred source to fulfil increased demands for domestic/agricultural use. There were no groundwater regulations.
Keyword Laos
water resources development
Groundwater use
Perceptions
Smallholder agriculture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Official 2016 Collection
 
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