Experimental games help communities explore solutions

Falk, T and Bartels, L and Agrawal, I and Shalander, K and Duche, V (2019) Experimental games help communities explore solutions. [Experiment]

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The results of our games show that farmers act less selfish than theory predicts. Nevertheless, even in the presence of transparent decisions and repeated possibilities to discuss, groups manage to produce enough water for everyone to grow crops only in approximately 50% of the played rounds. The red line in Figure 3 indicates the social optimal investment level in our game. At this level, all players of a particular group could grow the water-efficient rabi (postrainy) crop (chickpea). Still, in 15% of the crop decisions in the game, players decided to grow the waterintensive crop (wheat). It was very transparent in the design of our game that this was an uncooperative action.

Item Type: Experiment
Divisions: Research Program : Innovation Systems for the Drylands (ISD)
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)
Uncontrolled Keywords: watershed management,water infrastructure management
Subjects: Others > Watershed Management
Others > Water Resources
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 08:41
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 08:41
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/11350
Acknowledgement: This study is a direct contribution to the GIZ-implemented project named Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security in India (ProSoil) under the special initiative - ‘One World No Hunger’. It is a global initiative of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Government of Germany. The project is being implemented in India in strategic partnership with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and in close collaboration with partner NGOs – Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), BAIF Development Research Foundation (BAIF) and Foundation for Ecological Securities (FES). The project is supported and guided by National Institute for Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India (MOAFW), State Agriculture Department in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, Urban Development Department, Maharashtra, and agriculture research institutions. We thank all participating communities and experts for their time, assistance and hospitality. We also thank GIZ for entrusting this study to us. We also thank all the assistants who contributed to this study.
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