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


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 Moroccan National Committee (ANAFIDE) will be organizing the 5th African Regional Conference (ARC) and 72nd IEC meeting from 24-30 November 2021 on the  theme  “Sustainable Management of Irrigation for an Improved Resilience of Agriculture in Africa” (postponed in March 2020 due to COVID-19). In addition a Capacity Development Training Program for participants from the African Region on "Micro-irrigation Systems to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change" from 19-23 November 2021 is also organized as part of the 5th ARC. 


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In addition to the below membership representatives from National Committees of Malawi, Mali, and representatives from AgWA, ARID, FAO, SARIA, World Bank are Permanent Observers.

5th African Regional Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2021 - Viturl Participation Link

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 Position
1 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba Egypt Chair
2 Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli South Africa Vice Chair
3 Eng. Ismael Elhassanoui Morocco Secretary
4 Engr. Joe Kwanashie Nigeria Member
5 Mrs. Salamata Karambiri MIWENDE Burkina Faso Member
6 Engr. Muhammad Sani Bala Nigeria Member
7 Mr. Jean Bernard DAMBRE Burkina Faso Member
8 Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem - Young Professional Egypt Member
9 Ms. Sara Boularbah - Young Professional Morocco Member
10 Ms. El Oumlouki Kaoutar - Young Professional Morocco Member
11 Eng. Mohamed Mohamud Abdi Somalia Member
12 Eng. Marwa Faisal Salman Mohamed Sudan Member
13 Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy Egypt Member
14 Prof. El - Houssine Bartali Morocco Member
15 Engr. (Mrs.) Esther Oyeronke Oluniyi Nigeria Member
16 Eng. Inimfon Archibong - Young Professional Nigeria Member
17 Mr. Cornelius Mulako Sitali Zambia Member
18 Eng. (Ms.) Hind Massoud Hamed Elneel Sudan Member
19 Engr. (Mrs.) Archibong Inimfon Godwin Nigeria Member
20 Mr. Jean Syroganis Camara Italy Observer
21 Mr. A. de Vito Italy Observer
22 Eng. Elizabeth Mwendwa Kenya Observer
23 Mr. Joseph Kimani Wandue Kenya Observer
24 Mr. Amali A. AMALI - Young Professional Nigeria Observer
25 Mr. Elijah Adepoju Aderibigbe Nigeria Permanent Observer
26 Engr. A. A. Adenopo Nigeria Permanent Observer
27 Mr. Abdullahi Abdul Rahman Nigeria Permanent Observer
28 Eng. Omer Yousef Sudan Permanent Observer


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