The Irrigation and Water Resource Management Project (IWRMP) is financed by the World Bank (WB), the Government of Nepal (GON), and the involved Water User Associations (WUAs), and is being executed by the Department of Irrigation (DOI). 

Agreement between the World Bank and the Government of Nepal for the Irrigation and Water Resources Management Project (IWRMP)-January 31st 2008


Project Financing Data (Original Scope)

Total Project Cost US$ 65 million
Grant from World Bank US$ 50 million
Government of Nepal US$ 10 million
Water Users Association(Contribution) US$ 5 million


Objectives of the IWRMP

  • To improve irrigated agriculture productivity and management of selected irrigation schemes, and enhance institutional capacity for integrated water resources management. The primary target beneficiaries of the project are the water users of the selected irrigation schemes.

Subsequent to the implementation of the original project, in December 2012, the Government of Nepal (GoN) requested the World Bank (WB) to provide an Additional Financing in order to: i) complete the original commitment of rehabilitating 134 schemes; and ii) internalize, institutionalize and replicate the gains made so far in both irrigation water management and agricultural practices.

  • Agreement for Additional Financing(AF)March 31, 2014
  • Project ending on June 30, 2018


Project Financing Data (Additional Financing)

Total Project Cost US$ 58.10 million
Grant from World Bank US$ 20 million
Loan from World Bank US $ 30 million
Government of Nepal US$ 5 million
Water Users Association(Contribution) US$ 3.1 million


The IWRMP-AF will:

i) help scaling up of best practices achieved by the project in Farmers Managed Irrigation System (FMIS) to rehabilitate about 83 additional schemes

ii) support management transfer in the four Agency Managed Irrigation Schemes (AMIS)

iii) develop four river basin plans

iv) provide agricultural extension services in the schemes under farmer and agency managed schemes supported by the project.


Components of IWRMP

Component A: Irrigation infrastructure development and improvement,

Component B: Irrigation management transfer,

Component C: Institutional and policy support for Improved Water Management

Component D: Integrated crop and water management