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In addition to learning from past experiences, includingmistakes, what definitely is required under the increasing complexities of supply, demand and uncertainties, is a breed of professionals that approach the irrigation and drainage issueswith a more open mindset to accept the multi-dimensional aspects of the sector and are willing to undertake their activities in an inter-disciplinary context. With these long-term objectives in view, ICID had established a separate Working Group on Young Professionals Forum (WG-YPF) in 1993, which completed its mandated in 2015.


IYPeF Members


At the 65th International Executive Council (IEC) held at Gwangju, Korea, in September 2014, the Council approved establishing an ICID Young Professional’s e-Forum (IYPeF) with open membership. In order to throw open ICID platform to all the Young Professionals interested in Agriculture Water Management issues, the e-Forum established as a new LinkedIn Group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6990321).


Estd : 2016



  • Encourage and promote a high standard of professional development amongst the young professionals in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management,
  • Provide an international platform for young irrigation and drainage professionals,
  • Expose young professional to ICID's purpose, objectives, role and activities,
  • Facilitate the wider dissemination of knowledge and information amongst the young professionals,
  • Maintain and enhance links with national and international youth having interests in water related subjects or the activities, relevant to ICID objectives.


Membership: Open online membership, consists of more than 180 members.


Sl. No.
Name / Coordinator Country Membership
Ms. Kathleen Heuvel  Australia Coordinator (2016) 
Ms. Adey N. Mersha  Ethiopia  Joint Co-ordinator
Mr. Rafat Nael Al-Intaki  Iraq Joint Co-ordinator
Mr. Mika Turunen  Finland  Joint Co-ordinator
Ms. Eman Ragab Egypt Joint Co-ordinator
Mr. M. Shoaib Saboory Afghanistan Joint Co-ordinator


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| IYPeF LinkedIn Group | Facebook page | Contributions from IRNCID-YPF | WG-IYPeF Website |



IYPeF will not only acts as virtual meeting place but also a platform that would serve as a stepping stone into annual events of ICID that would provide opportunities to the budding professionals for interaction with the best professionals in irrigation and drainage sector, present papers, avail latest information and join technical working groups.

IYPeF held its third physical meeting during the 69th IEC, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.



Discussions schedule on ICID-Young Professional's e-Forum (ICID-YPeF)


As the 69th International Executive Council (IEC) Meeting and International Conference, scheduled from 12–17 August, 2018, Saskatoon, Canada draws closer, ICID is planning to start discussions in this e-Forum to enable the young professionals contribute their views on the beneath topics.

  1. The Use of Groundwater for Sustainable Agriculture, Coordinator: Ms. Eman Ragab (Started on 15 January 2018) – Background Note
  2. On-farm efficiency for small scale farming, Coordinator: Mr. Rafat Nael (15 February 2018) – Background Note
  3. Policy Options for Enhancing Food Security, Coordinator: Ms. Adey Mersha (15 March 2018) – Background Note
  4. Climate Change Impacts on Irrigation & Drainage, Coordinator: Mr. M. Shoaib Saboory (15 April 2018)
  5. Farmer led Innovation for water efficiency, shared global success stories, Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Heuvel (15 May 2018)

Based on the active participation in and rich contribution to the e-discussions, Young Professionals will be selected for Scholarship to join us at Saskatoon representing Young Professionals.


Recently concluded e-Discussions:

  1. Water-Food-Energy Nexus in a Changing World (6 April 2017) - Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Ms. Adey Marsha]
  2. Gendered Impacts of Climate Change on Agriculture (16 May to 3 June 2017) – Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Ms. Jakia Akter]
  3. Opportunities and Challenges of Drainage Development (9-30 June 2017) Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Dr. Mika Turunen]
  4. On-farm efficiency for small scale farming (1st week of July 2017) Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Mr. Rafat Nael]
  5. Role of irrigation in food security (1st week of August 2017) Background Note for e-Discussion [Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Heuvel]

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