Effect of social capital on the performance of WUAs with the mediating role of participation in Lorestan province

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professorof Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agriculture, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student of Agricultural Development, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan, Iran

3 Assistant Professor of Rural Development, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, Lorestan University, Khoram Abad Iran


The main purpose of this research is Investigating the effect of social capital on the performance of WUAs in Lorestan province. This is applied research. The statistical population included all farmers in Lorestan province (N = 1978). 265 farmers were selected by Cochran's formula. The research tool was a questionnaire that examined farmers 'participation, farmers' social capital, and the performance of WUAs. The results of this study showed that the performance of these organizations has been successful in reducing disputes between farmers and fair distribution of water as well as security for the timely delivery of water. The results showed that in the "structural dimension" the highest scores were as follows:"Participation in decision-making and member relationships and managerial responsibility".Also in the "dimension of cognition", the highest score was as follows:"Components of Behavior, Trust and Value". It was also found that participation has a direct role in influencing the performance of WUAs and these components account for 76.2% of the variance of the dependent variable.


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