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Pro-Poor Groundwater Development: The Case of the Barind Experiment in Bangladesh

World Bank Group
World Bank Group
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Case Studies | Evaluations and Research

Preliminary evidence presented in this case study suggests farmers served by shallow tubewells (STWs) may be losing access to groundwater in some parts of the Barind region, which can have significant development implications because these tubewells remain the predominant source of irrigation. This evidence provides grounds to question whether an irrigation model reliant on deep tubewells (DTWs) is sustainable and equitable in the long term. Further research is needed to better establish groundwater conditions and understand the risk to STW users to inform future policy on DTW-driven agricultural development.