World Irrigation and Drainage Prize

To recognize and promote commendable work done in food security and sustainable water utilization around the world, ICID instituted World Irrigation and Drainage Prize (WID Prize) in 2013. It recognizes individuals, groups of individuals or institutions working at a large scale from the last fifteen years in the field of enhanced agricultural practices and sustainable irrigation strategies at regional, national or international levels.

Criteria and Nomination

The Prize includes a cash award of US $10,000 and a citation plaque citing the meritorious achievements of the winner. It is awarded every three years during the triennial World Irrigation Forum (WIF). The nominations are invited in the begining of every WIF year: the upcoming would be in 2022. Applications are completed using an online submission process

The candidates are adjudged without any discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of nationality, religion, race, gender, age or political belief. The prize amount may be shared in exceptional circumstances between more than one winner, each of whom is considered to merit the Prize, and divided equally.

For more details on the WID procedure, criteria and Nomination Form can be accessed below:



World Irrigation and Drainage Prize (WID Prize) - Procedure and Criteria



World Irrigation and Drainage Prize (WID Prize) - Nomination Form




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4th World Irrigation Forum, Beijing, China, 2022

The 4th World Irrigation Forum (WIF4) and the 73rd International Executive Council Meeting will be hosted by the Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID) in September 2022 at Beijing, China. For more details contact: Executive Secretary, Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (CNCID), E-mail:,,, Website:

Previous Year winners

3rd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2019

At the opening ceremony of the 3rd World Irrigation Forum in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday, 02 September 2019,  Prof. Dr. Chandra was presented with the 3rd World Irrigation and Drainage Prize by H.E. M. Basuki Hadimulyono, Minister for Public Works and Housing (PWH), Indonesia, prize money by H.E. Tian Xuebin, Vice Minister, Ministry of Water Resources of PR of China, and Er. Felix B. Reinders, President ICID. Prof. Dr. Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor from Canada is well-known internationally for his contribution in domains of water management, irrigation, drainage, agricultural research and hydrology. His areas of expertise also includes water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, technologies predicting crop water requirements and impacts of water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions. 

2nd Water Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2016

During the Opening Ceremony of WIF2, H.E. General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand; H.E. Tian Xuebin, Vice Minister of Ministry of Water Resources, China; and President Dr. Saeed Nairizi presented the World Irrigation and Drainage Prize, 2016 to Prof. Bart Schultz (The Netherlands) for his sustained, long standing and highly committed work in the irrigation and drainage sector worldwide through education, research, planning and international project implementation. The WID prize comprised of a cash award of US$ 10,000, citation and a trophy.

1st Water Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2013

The Inaugural Ceremony of the First World Irrigation Forum (WIF-1) was held at Artuklu University, Mardin, Turkey on 29 September 2013 ,during the ceremony H.E. Prof. Dr. Veysel EROGLU, Turkish Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs presented the first World Irrigation and Drainage Prize 2013 to Prof. Victor A. Dukhovny (Uzbekistan) for his outstanding work in the field of water management, irrigation and drainage. 

Year Prize Winner Country Email Current Organization


Prof. Dr. Chandra Madramootoo





Em. Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Schultz

The Netherlands




Prof. Victor A. Dukhovny




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Winners of WID Prizes 2019

World Irrigation And Drainage Prizes

Prof. Dr. Chandra Madramootoo (Canada)

Dean of Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University of Canada, and the former President of International Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). Among other things, Prof Madramootoo held many prestigious positions such as Chair, Governing Board, ICRISAT; Vice Chair, Board of Governors, IDRC; Member, International High-Level Advisory Panel on Adaptation for Africa?s Agriculture; and, IWHR Honorary Professor. A renowned professional of international repute in water management, Prof Madramootoo took keen interest in all aspects of water management including irrigation, drainage, agricultural research, international agriculture development, hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and impacts of water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions. Other areas of interest for his research work in recent years include: Agricultural Water Quality; Effects of agricultural water management systems on greenhouse gas emissions in Eastern Canada; A water quality assessment framework for a safe food system; Managing agricultural systems to protect Canada's freshwater; Application of variable rate irrigation technology for water efficiency and conservation; and, Soil-plant-water dynamics and water productivity benefits of subsurface drip irrigation.

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World Irrigation And Drainage Prizes-

2013 Uzbekistan
2016 The Netherlands

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