Impact Evaluation of the Socioeconomic and Agricultural Productivity of a Mini Dam: A Case Study of Kawas Dam, Ziarat, Baluchistan
Author: Mohammad Zohaib Saeed

Water is a basic constituent of life. All living creatures are directly or indirectly dependent upon it. Water is a natural resource which is scarce. Demand for water exceeds its supply. Therefore, many private and Government organizations are working for finding ways to cope with this problem both at local and international level. One of the long term solutions is watershed management. The short term goal is to build small and large dams with the aim to store water in wet times and provide water in dry times. The study is based on a mini dam located in the province of Baluchistan, which is comparatively backward among all provinces in Pakistan; having serious issue of water scarcity and possess an ideal condition and suitable climate for cropping. The study is conducted to evaluate the impact of mini dam on socioeconomic and agricultural productivity in Ziarat district. The altitude and climate of Ziaratfavors the production of Apple crop,which provides the basis for that community’s livelihood. Statistical and econometric techniques were used for finding the empirical analysis. Specifically, Financial and Economic analysis was carried out for doing benefit cost analysis and Cobb-Douglas functional form using OLS technique was also used to quantify the data for Apple production function. Results conclude that mini dam had a positive impact on the livelihood of people and had contributed in improving their living standard. Supervisor:- Dr. Usman Mustafa

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Keywords : Benefit Cost Analysis, Cobb-Douglas Production Function, Socioeconomic and Agricultural Productivity, Water Scarcity, Watershed Management
Supervisor: Usman Mustafa

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