|Agricultural Development and Vector-Borne Diseases (FAO - HABITAT - UNEP - WHO, 1996, 91 p.)|
|Topic F: Water use in agriculture|
Slide F.17 Effects of lack of infrastructure and poor irrigation management, Pakistan
Lack of infrastructure and poor irrigation management create environmental degradation with health risks that need no further comment. Devolution of water management responsibilities, and operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes to farmer groups is expected to improve the situation.
While collaboration between different ministries to address the environmental and health issues pertaining to inadequate irrigation water management is often hard to achieve at the central level, it is at the district level, where all sectors meet, that efforts should be made to obtain maximum benefits from rehabilitation projects. Health workers and agricultural extension workers should be mobilized to educate communities about the health risks of situations such as depicted in these slides.