Understanding farmers preferences for wastewater reuse frameworks in agricultural irrigation: lessons from a choice experiment in the Western Cape, South AfricaReport as inadecuate




Understanding farmers preferences for wastewater reuse frameworks in agricultural irrigation: lessons from a choice experiment in the Western Cape, South Africa - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

(2016)WATER SA.42(1).p.26-37 Mark abstract Wastewater has emerged as an alternative source of water. Since the agricultural sector remains the largest water user world-wide, it is the main potential user of treated wastewater. However, while there are trade-offs in using wastewater, it may be the only option in water-scarce regions. South Africa has included water reuse as a policy option; hence the aim of this study is to understand farmers' preferences regarding water reuse frameworks for irrigation. A choice modelling approach was applied to identify the elements defining these frameworks and to quantify their relative importance amongst farmers in the agricultural hinterland of Cape Town. The findings suggest that water reuse is acceptable to farmers in the area. Furthermore, they prefer options that guarantee good quality water and low levels of restrictions on use practices. Due to low trust in water service providers, farmers are willing to pay for a privately-managed scheme for water reuse, which suggests that the management model for implementing such schemes is important.

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7102911



Author: Cecilia Saldias Zambrana, Stijn Speelman , Guido Van Huylenbroeck and Nick Vink

Source: https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/7102911



DOWNLOAD PDF




Related documents