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AFRICAN REGIONAL WORKING GROUP (AFRWG)

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.


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
Membership
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba mswahba@hotmail.com Egypt Chair
2 Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli sylvesterm@wrc.org.za South Africa Vice Chair
3 Eng. Ismael Elhassanoui is.elhassnaoui@gmail.com Morocco Secretary
4 Engr. Joe Kwanashie joekwanashie@yahoo.co.uk Nigeria Member
5 Mrs. Salamata Karambiri MIWENDE salamata.karambiri@yahoo.com Burkina Faso Member
6 Engr. Muhammad Sani Bala msanibala@hotmail.com Nigeria Member
7 Mr. Jean Bernard DAMBRE dambrejean@yahoo.fr Burkina Faso Member
8 Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem - Young Professional omniahassan911@gmail.com Egypt Member
9 Ms. Sara Boularbah - Young Professional sara.boularbah@gmail.com Morocco Member
10 Ms. El Oumlouki Kaoutar - Young Professional kaoutar18@gmail.com Morocco Member
11 Eng. Mohamed Mohamud Abdi engrm.gurey@gmail.com Somalia Member
12 Eng. Marwa Faisal Salman Mohamed marwa.faisal1313@gmail.com Sudan Member
13 Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy app@link.net Egypt Member
14 Prof. El - Houssine Bartali bartali.h@gmail.com Morocco Member
15 Engr. (Mrs.) Esther Oyeronke Oluniyi akinron@hotmail.com Nigeria Member
16 Eng. Inimfon Archibong - Young Professional inimfon.archibong01@gmail.com Nigeria Member
17 Mr. Cornelius Mulako Sitali corneliussitali8@hotmail.com Zambia Member
18 Eng. (Ms.) Hind Massoud Hamed Elneel hind-massoud@hotmail.com Sudan Member
19 Engr. (Mrs.) Archibong Inimfon Godwin inimfon.archibong01@gmail.com Nigeria Member
20 Mr. Jean Syroganis Camara mem_899@icid.org Italy Observer
21 Mr. A. de Vito mem_1460@icid.org Italy Observer
22 Eng. Elizabeth Mwendwa mem_1461@icid.org Kenya Observer
23 Mr. Joseph Kimani Wandue mem_1462@icid.org Kenya Observer
24 Mr. Amali A. AMALI - Young Professional AA.Amali@outlook.com Nigeria Observer
25 Mr. Elijah Adepoju Aderibigbe mem_1505@icid.org Nigeria Permanent Observer
26 Engr. A. A. Adenopo adeadenopo@yahoo.com Nigeria Permanent Observer
27 Mr. Abdullahi Abdul Rahman abdulsqr@yahoo.com Nigeria Permanent Observer
28 Eng. Omer Yousef mem_1507@icid.org Sudan Permanent Observer

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