Africa with 15 percent of the global population has only 9 percent of the world’s renewable water resources and that too are unevenly distributed. Africa is one of the most vulnerable continents to climate change and its variability. The region encompasses 53 countries, of which 34 are categorized as Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The region often faces contradictory challenges of surplus and scarcity of land and water resources. There are also vast differences as regards socio-economic developments among sub-regions -under-development and over-exploitation. ICID believes that agricultural growth offers a potentially powerful tool for ensuring food security and spearhead poverty reduction in Africa. Presently, only 4.6 percent of its total arable and permanent crop land is equipped for irrigation while the potential is 6 percent. There is also a need to enhance capacity to address challenges for meeting growing water demand for agriculture, and managing water under global climate change.

To address the various issue related to agricultural water management, ICID established the African Regional Working Group (AFRWG) in 2000 with an objective of promoting strong communications and networking among the African countries as well as regional and international institutions for enhancing cooperation and coordination. ICID has developed a special Africa Focus Program and the AFRWG works closely with regional association like SARIA and ARID.

The 4th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID) was organized from 26-28 April 2016 at historical city of Aswan, Egypt on the main theme ‘Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability’ by the host Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID). Three sub-topics covered were (i) Water Use Management; (ii) Food Security; and (iii) Research, Extension Services and Capacity Development. More...

Mandate: To promote links and networking among the African countries as well as regional and international institutions for enhancing cooperation and coordination, and to support integrated river basin development, training and research issues and information system for African needs.
Established : 1994
Sl. No. Name Email Country Membership
1 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba Egypt Chair
2 Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli South Africa Vice Chair
3 Mr. Amali Abraham Amali Nigeria Secretary
4 Mr. Jean Bernard DAMBRE Burkina Faso Secretary
5 Eng. Ismael Elhassanoui Morocco Secretary
6 Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem - Young Professional Egypt Member
7 Mr. TCHOUADANG Kadjonga Chad (Tchad) Member
8 Eng. Mohamed Mohamud Abdi Somalia Member
9 Prof. El - Houssine Bartali Morocco Member
10 Eng. (Ms.) Hind Massoud Hamed Elneel Sudan Member
11 Mr. Abdullahi Hassan Hussein Somalia Member
12 Ms. El Oumlouki Kaoutar Morocco Member
13 Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy Egypt Member
14 Mrs. Salamata Karambiri MIWENDE Burkina Faso Member
15 Ms. Sara Boularbah Morocco Member
16 Eng. Marwa Faisal Salman Mohamed Sudan Member
17 Engr. (Mrs.) Archibong Inimfon Godwin Nigeria Member
18 Mr. Cornelius Mulako Sitali Zambia Member
19 Engr. Joe Kwanashie Nigeria Member
20 Mr. A. de Vito Italy Observer
21 Mr. Jean Syroganis Camara Italy Observer
22 Mr. Joseph Kimani Wandue Kenya Observer
23 Eng. Elizabeth Mwendwa Kenya Observer
24 Eng. Omer Yousef Sudan Permanent Observer