It is evident that in order to meet growing food demand for rapidly growing world population the second green revolution has to be centered on the smallholder farmers in Africa and improved water use efficiency and production in large irrigation systems in Asia. A lack of capacity is identified as a constraint to the development of productive and viable irrigated systems. Both Asia and Africa will need a well-informed, skilled and technology savvy contingent of agriculture scientists, irrigation engineers, and extension service workers to support this effort. Capacity development has to be linked to the overall goal of the sector and serve the purpose of the ultimate beneficiaries – the irrigation community. There is need for systematic capacity development of both institutions and individual in terms of developing enabling environment for institutional reforms and good governance, supporting institutional capacity, and supporting policy development.

Like in the past FAO will be the major partner in this WG. In addition, other International Organizations such as IFAD, IWMI, UN-Water, WWC, GWP, WMO partners would be invited to participate as observers.

Scoping Document 


  1. Coordinate and guide the knowledge management activities of the Commission and the capacity development activities by various WGs;
  2. Compile the status of training and educational programmes offered in different regions;
  3. Compile the Educational Programs being offered in Irrigation and Drainage in different regions;
  4. Identify the training and education requirements, and identify gaps in available training programs, explore the feasibility of developing e-learning program and prepare guidelines for their development to support education and training programmes;
  5. Explore the scope of use of IT in capacity development including distant learning, and implement where feasible;
  6. Make available various tools required for sustainable development;
  7. Oversee the establishment and functioning of a Technical Support Unit for supporting NCs; and
  8. Facilitate the process of balancing education and training requirements, and provision and training services.

Established : 2015
Sl. No. Name Email Country Membership
1 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba Egypt Chair
2 Dr. KIM, YOUNG DEUK South Korea Vice Chair
3 Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar India Vice Chair
4 Dr. Rajendra S. Poddar India Secretary
5 Er. Ashok Kumar Kharya India Member
6 Mr. Bahrom Gaforzoda Tajikistan Member
7 Dr. Nader Heydari Iran Member
8 Mr. Mirza Asif Baig Pakistan Member
9 Mr. Raad F. Amein Taha Iraq Member
10 Mr. Shinji FUKUDA Japan Member
11 Dr. Akie MUKAI Japan Provisional Member
12 Ms. Dahile Abdulqader AbdulHameed Iraq Provisional Member
13 Dr. Abu Obieda Babiker Ahmed Hassan Sudan Provisional Member
14 Dr. Wen-Pen Shu Chinese Taipei Committee Provisional Member
15 Dato` Ir. Haji Hanapi Bin Mohamad Noor Malaysia Provisional Member