oa Journal of Applied Science in Southern Africa - Performance assessment of water delivery to a smallholder irrigation scheme in Zimbabwe: Nyanyadzi case study

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1019-7788



The potential benefits from smallholder irrigation schemes are rarely realised due to unsatisfactory performance of their water delivery systems. A study was conducted to quantify and evaluate water delivery performance indicators of adequacy (Ad), equity (Eq) and dependability (Dp) in three sub-blocks of Nyanyadzi smallholder irrigation scheme using water requirement analysis and a questionnaire survey. The water delivery performance evaluation was carried out between October 1996 and January 1997 for two maize crops under supplementary irrigation and for two consecutive irrigation cycles. Water supply adequacy (ratio of supply to demand) in the first cycle was good (Ad>1.21) and became marginally good (0.96 to 1.01) and poor (Ad<0.74) in the second cycle.

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