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

Camilla Vote, Jonathan Newby, Khamphou Phouyyavong, Thavone Inthavong, Philip Eberbach

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-574
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Water Resources Development
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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