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It is evident that in order to meet growing food demand for rapidly growing world population the second green revolution has to be centered on the smallholder farmers in Africa and improved water use efficiency and production in large irrigation systems in Asia. A lack of capacity is identified as a constraint to the development of productive and viable irrigated systems. Both Asia and Africa will need a well-informed, skilled and technology savvy contingent of agriculture scientists, irrigation engineers, and extension service workers to support this effort. Capacity development has to be linked to the overall goal of the sector and serve the purpose of the ultimate beneficiaries – the irrigation community. There is need for systematic capacity development of both institutions and individual in terms of developing enabling environment for institutional reforms and good governance, supporting institutional capacity, and supporting policy development.


Like in the past FAO will be the major partner in this WG. In addition, other International Organizations such as IFAD, IWMI, UN-Water, WWC, GWP, WMO partners would be invited to participate as observers.


Esttablished: 2015



  1. Coordinate and guide the knowledge management activities of the Commission and the capacity development activities by various WGs;
  2. Compile the status of training and educational programmes offered in different regions;
  3. Compile the Educational Programs being offered in Irrigation and Drainage in different regions;
  4. Identify the training and education requirements, and identify gaps in available training programs, explore the feasibility of developing e-learning program and prepare guidelines for their development to support education and training programmes;
  5. Explore the scope of use of IT in capacity development including distant learning, and implement where feasible;
  6. Make available various tools required for sustainable development;
  7. Oversee the establishment and functioning of a Technical Support Unit for supporting NCs; and
  8. Facilitate the process of balancing education and training requirements, and provision and training services.
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Name Country Membership
Prof. Dr. Abdelhafid DEBBARH Morocco Chair 
Mr. Mirza Asif Baig Pakistan Provisional Member 
Dr. Nader Heydari Iran Provisional Member 
Eng. Abu Obieda Babiker Ahmed Hassan Sudan Provisional Member 
Mr. Hasan Basri Yuksel Turkey Provisional Member 
Ms Dahile Abdulqader Abdulhameed (YP) Iraq Provisional Member
Mr. Raad F Amein Taha Iraq Provisional Member
VPH Dr. Mohamed Wabha Egypt  Provisional Member
Dr. Shinji Fukuda Japan  Provisional Member
10 Dr. Vijay K. Labhsetwar India  Provisional Member
11 Dr. Wen-Pin Shu  Chinese Taipei Provisional Member
Dato’ Ir. Haji Hanapi Bin Mohamad Noor  Malaysia  Provisional Member

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