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Participatory irrigation research and demonstration in Canada




Luciuk, G. M., author
Tollefson, L. C., author
Tomaswiecz, D., author
Harrington, J., author
U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, publisher

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The importance of producer and public participation in research, demonstration and extension is becoming better recognized on a world-wide basis. Currently in Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, much emphasis is being placed on identification, recognition and satisfaction of client needs. Partnerships and cooperative ventures with the private sector and other government agencies are being encouraged and pursued. The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), as part of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, has been a leader in encouraging these partnerships, particularly as they relate to irrigation research and demonstration and their effect on rural development and environmental sustainability. Today, in co-operation with private industry and the provincial government, PFRA successfully operates research and demonstration centres at Outlook, Saskatchewan (Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre) and Carberry, Manitoba (Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre). The partnership at the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre was finalized in July, 1998. In view of the newly formed partnership, a results-based strategic planning session was held to determine the future direction of the Centre. Participants in the workshop included a broad range of producers, industry, university and government stakeholders. The workshop was designed to achieve a consensus on a vision for the role of the Centre, the obstacles which may prevent achieving the vision and the strategic direction the Centre must take. This participatory workshop was successful in providing this information.


Presented at the 2000 USCID international conference, Challenges facing irrigation and drainage in the new millennium on June 20-24 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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