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African IrrigationAfrica 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...


Place and Country
16-19 March, 2020
Rabat, Morocco

5th African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID), 16-19 March, 2020, Rabat, Morocco on the theme “Sustainable Management of Irrigation for Improved Resilience of Agriculture in Africa”, Contact: Pr El Houssine Bartali, Moroccan National Committee of ICID (ANAFIDE), E-mail: bartali.h@gmail.com, anafide.ma@gmail.com, Tel.: + 212 6 61 09 41 75, Tel/ Fax : +212 5 37 67 03 20, Tel. + 212 661152805, Website:http://www.anafide.net/ and http://www.iav.ac.ma/


First Announcement and Call for Papers


Estd : 1994


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.


Sl. No.
Name Country Membership
VPH Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba Egypt Chair (2016)
Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli  South Africa  Vice Chairman
3 Engr. Amali Abraham Amali – Young Professional  Nigeria Secretary
Mr. Jean Bernard Dambre  Burkina Faso 
Mrs. Salamata Karambiri MIWENDE Burkina Faso
Mr. Tchouadang Kadjonga  Chad
VPH Dr. Samia El-Guindy Egypt
Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem – Young Professional Egypt
Representative from ETCID Ethiopia
Representative from MADCID Madagascar 
Representative from MALCID Malawi 
Representative from AMID Mali
Ms. Sara Boularbah – Young Professional Morocco
Ms. El Oumlouki Kaoutar – Young Professional  Morocco
Representative from ANID Niger
Engr. Joe Kwanashie  Nigeria
Mr. Abdullahi Hassan Hussein – Young Professional  Somalia 
Eng. Mohamed Mohamud Abdi Somalia 
Eng. (Ms.) Hind Massoud Hamed Elneel Sudan 
Eng. Marwa Faisal Salman Mohamed – Young Professional Sudan 
Representative from TANCID Tanzania 
22 Mr. Mulako Cornelius Sitali  Zambia 
23 Representative from ZwCID Zimbabwe 


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