International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage Commission Interationale des Irrigation et du Drainage

After the closure of the erstwhile International Program for Technology Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID), ICID, realizing the necessity of research and technology transfer needs in the irrigation and drainage sector, conceptualized a research programme implemented through a virtual network of research institutions associated with National Committees of ICID, as approved at the 61st IEC meeting at Yogyakarta on 15 October 2010. Accordingly, two Regional Centres one each in Beijing, China and Tehran, Iran have been hosted by the Chinese National Committee (CNCID) and Iranian National Committee (IRNCID) since 2011 under the rechristened program, titled 'International Research Program for Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID)'.  The IRPID Scheme is available at

International Research Program for Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID) is conceptualized as a program for developing and implementing research agenda in the irrigation and drainage sector to meet the challenges of water security and food security.

1. Vision “Intensify Irrigation and Drainage Research to Achieve Global Food Security”.  

2. Mission To enhance research activities in irrigation and drainage science, technology, and management aspects in order to develop capabilities of member countries in order to achieve water security, food security and poverty alleviation while preserving the environment.

3. Objectives of the Program:

(a) Foster a conducive policy environment for intensifying research and development activities, facilitate technology transfer and meet networking needs of members, (b) Identify and promote opportunities for NCs to gain relevance, efficiency and effectiveness within their countries, (c) Enhance research and innovations impacts in member countries by fostering increased coherence and convergence among various players, and (d) Help NCs raise financial resources required to undertake these research activities.



Terms of Reference (ToR): The Advisory Committee is responsible for developing a Framework Action Plan for the program, guided by the concept document as was presented at the 61st IEC in Yogyakarta in 2010 and keep overall coordination among the Nodes duly supporting their autonomy and maintaining flexibility in fulfilling their roles. These can be categorised as follows:

(a) Develop the Strategy duly describing the strategic objectives and a Framework Action Plan for the program.

(b) Review and monitor the implementation of the program to ensure the quality of outputs and their effectiveness; and

(c) Mobilize and allocate extra-budgetary resources through joint activities.         

Established : 2021

Chairman Message


IRAN-IRPID — Weblink

Dr. Narges Zahrabi appointed as Head of IRAN-Regional Node

Dr. Narges Zahrabi, who is currently the Executive Secretary of ICID International Research Program for Irrigation and Drainage (IRPID) - Iran Regional Node has been appointed as the Head of the Iran-Regional Node. Previously, Dr. Moanem was the Head of IRAN-Regional Node, who announced his retirement from the position w.e.f August 2018. On 16 July 2018, the Iran Regional Node of IRPID (IRPID-RN-I) held its annual meeting of the Management Board through WebEx meeting. The virtual meeting was attended by Secretary General Pandya and Executive Director Varma. The agenda items for the meeting primarily focused on:

  1. Reviewing the Action Plan
    (a) Comprehensive data bank on irrigation and drainage research activities and outcomes among ICID member countries.
    (b) Promote member countries capability for collaborative projects and implement such joint activities.
    (c) Established periodical meetings, conferences, exhibitions and workshops.
    (d) Support capacity development activities through training courses and/or workshops that will be proposed or to be held by members.
    (e) Knowledge sharing platform and cooperation network with other national, regional and international organizations, whose interests and activities are related to the mission of IRPID.
  2. Reviewing the proposal to use the capacity of Technical Support Program (TSP); and
  3. Scheduling to hold capacity development training tours between the member countries.

In the backdrop of the notified IRPID scheme, the Iranian Regional Node of IRPID organized its first Management Board meeting together with an international workshop on ‘Sustainable Agriculture Water Management’ on 14-15 August 2016 where participants from the ICID NCs located in the region were invited. The meeting was attended by the participating countries in the regional node, viz. Iran, Russia, and Iraq; and South Korea and Mali as observers. The representatives of Tajikistan, Egypt and Afghanistan also expressed their willingness to be part of the regional node, although they could not be present at the meeting.

At the roundtable session deliberating on evolving a regional cooperation mechanism on research in I&D, exchanging experiences and researches, raising required funds for running the regional nodes, etc. requested ICID to revisit the notified IRPID Program in the backdrop of the deliberations at the roundtable. It also proposed to hold the Advisory Committee (AC) for IRPID headed by Chair, PCTA, with members drawn from international partners such as FAO and World Bank (IWMI to be co-opted) , besides the heads of presently functioning regional nodes such as Iranian and Chinese RNs at Tehran and Beijing respectively. The President and Secretary General of ICID, members of Iranian RN and observers took part in the deliberations.

International Centre for Training and Research in Irrigation and Drainage, 11- 14 July 2011, Beijing, China

A China Research and Training Centre of International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID) was launched at the hands of ICID President Chandra Madramootoo on 12 July 2011 in Beijing. The impressive inaugural function was graced by the presence of PH Aly Shady, Secretary General M. Gopalakrishnan, VP Willem Vlotman (Australia), VP AK Bajaj (India), VPH Karim Shiati Iran), VPH Cai Lingen, VPH Gao Zhanyi (China), Prof. Wang Aiguo, Chairman CNCID, Prof. Li Yangbin, DG of China Irrigation and Drainage Development Center and its staff,  Thierry Facon (FAO), representatives of National Committees of   Canada, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, and Uzbekistan and all the office bearers gathered here during this occasion, The launch ceremony was held on the occasion of the CNCID-ICID International Workshop on Water Saving Irrigation and Food Security organized during 11- 14 July 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of China.

The Workshop is a maiden effort following the engagement under ICID's renewed efforts to invigorate the IPTRID, a global programme on Irrigation and Drainage Technology and Research, in tune with the IEC decisions of ICID. The workshop was opened by the Vice minister, Ministry of Water Resources, China Mr. Jiao Yong in the presence of Prof. Jia Jinsheng, President ICOLD In his keynote speech ICID President Madramootoo urged on the need for Global Food Security and the importance for water savings in agriculture which shall drive the future technology and research in the sphere.

In a high-level meeting held with His Excellency Hon'ble Minister for Water Resources Dr. Chen Li, expressed his strong commitment in supporting the ICID and in promoting its mission across the globe. 

International Advanced Workshop and Training on Irrigation and Drainage, 21-26 September 2012, Beijing, China

It t is recognized that our inability to use water wisely in agriculture will endanger water security and has the potential to lead to political stability and peace. Evapotranspiration by the crops and evaporation from the field is an actual water loss within irrigation process, which is not hydrologicaly recoverable. Attempts to minimize such water losses through micro-and drip irrigation technologies through improved design and spreading micro-irrigation systems efficiency by incorporating latest research findings need to be accelerated. One of the most significant changes in institutional arrangements in recent years has been the participatory irrigation management movement and the development of water user associations.
These topics were addressed at the “International Advanced Workshop and Training on Irrigation and Drainage” in Beijing, China from 21-26 September 2012 organized by Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, the Chinese Research and Training Centre. The workshop was also supported by Ministry of Water Resources, Chinese Irrigation and Drainage Development Centre and China Institution of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR).
The workshop was attended by about 20 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Mali, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China. The participants shared various water saving techniques being adopted in their countries. They also shared the participatory irrigation management practices. Secretary General Avinash Tyagi, Vice Presidents Adama Sangare and VP Huseyin Gundogdu also attended the workshop. The participants had the opportunity to visit the Daxing Irrigation Experimental Station, Shunyi Water Saving Irrigation Trial Field and Dujiangvan Irrigation System, one of the most ancient irrigation systems and the UNESCO World Heritage Site has sustained over more than 2300 years. The participants also attended the 6th Yellow River Forum where a ICID had organized an Irrigation Sub-forum on 26th September.


Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Er. A.B. Pandya se************* ICID Central Office Member
2 Dr. Bahrom Gaforzoda gb************* Tajikistan Member
3 Mrs. Gao Hong Ga************* China Member
4 Dr. Narges Zohrabi na************* Iran Member
5 Prof. Dr. Tsugihiro WATANABE wa************* Japan Member
6 Dr. Alok Sikka a.************* India Representative









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