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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...


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.


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Name Country Membership
VP Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba Egypt Chair (2016)
Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli South Africa Vice Chair (2013)
Mr. Jean Bernard Dambre Burkina Faso Secretary (2010)
VPH Samia El-Guindy Egypt -2014
Engr. Joe Kwanashie Nigeria -2014
Mrs. Salamata Karambiri Miwende  Burkina Faso -2015
Mr. Tchouadang Kadjonga Chad -2015
Mr. Mulako Cornelius Sitali  Zambia -2015
Representative Zimbabwe -1995
Representative Morocco -1959
Representative Sudan -1964
Representative Malawi -1967
Representative Ethiopia  -1976
Representative Mali -2005
Representative Niger -2007
Representative Tanzania -2011
Representative Madagascar  -2014
Representative Somalia -2016


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Capacity Building Strategy 2015

Report of the ICID Task Force on Priority Issues of Least Developed Countries in Africa (TF-LDCsAF) : Irrigation Development Challenges for the Least Developed Countries in Africa





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