International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage Commission Interationale des Irrigation et du Drainage

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Working Group on Modernization and Revitalization of Irrigation Schemes (WG-M&R)

eDiscussion on Crop Water Productivity Performance Outcome of Irrigation System Modernization

Concept Note:

Topics: Basic Crop Water Productivity (CWP) Definitions; and Empirical CWP Evidence(1-7 May 2023); Irrigation System Modernization (8-14 May 2023); eDiscussion Participant Feedback (15-21 May 2023); and Draft Summary Report (22-31 May 2023)


To join the eDiscussion you are invited to register, before 
Friday, 24 April 2023, at:  

Period of discussion: 1-31 May 2023

Jointly moderated and facilitated by: 

Colin Steley; and Vice President Hon. Ian Makin



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 ( Click to join

Established in 2016,  IYPeF works with the following mandate:

  • 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.

MembershipOpen online membership, consists of more than 750 members.

Coordinator - Dr. Ms. Eman Ragab Mohamed Nofal (Egypt) - 2020
Joint Coordinator - Mr. Hassan Farahani (Iran) - 2020

A Report - The First International Young Professionals Training Program (YP-TP) and the International Professionals Workshop (IPW) was hoted by Korean National Committee on Irrigation Drainage (KCID), 22-26 April, 2019 at Rural Community – International Education and Exchange Center (IEEC), Ansan City, South Korea

Coordinators Hon.: (1) Ms. Kathleen Murray (Australia), (2) Mr. Amali Abraham Amali (Nigeria)


A dedicated Group on the LinkedIn platform to bring together all the Young Professionals from the African region. More than 1150 members are connected through this group. Join Now!

Coordinator: Vice President Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abd-El-Moneim Wahba (Egypt), Chairman, African Regional Working Group (AFRWG)

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Concluded e-discussions 2019


  1. Non-conventional Water Use/re-use in IrrigationMentor: VPH Dr. Ragab Ragab, Principal Research Scientist at Ecology and Hydrology, UK; Co-ordinator: Dr. Eman R. Nofal, National Water Research Center (NWRC), Egypt (15-31 January 2019) – Background Note
  2. Solar-Powered Irrigation Systems: Exploring Opportunities and ThreatsMentor: Petra Schmitter – Research Group Leader - Agriculture Water Management, IWMI; Co-ordinator: Amali Abraham Amali – Graduate Student, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), University of Applied Sciences, TH-Köln Germany (15 February - 2 March 2019) – Background Note
  3. Soil Conditions to Ensure Sustainable Agriculture and Coping with Climate Change, Mentor: Dr. Abdul Walid Salek, Professor at Kabul University of Afghanistan and Co-ordinators Mr. Shoaib Saboory, Water Resources Consultant, World Bank, Mrs. Kathleen Murray, Extension Agronomist at Verterra Ecological Engineering (15 - 31 March 2019) – Background Note
  4. Flood Management in Agriculture (15-30 April 2019); Mentor: Vice President ICID Dr. Kamran Emami (Chairman WG-CAFM); Co-ordinator: Ms. Sahar Norouzi, River Engineering Expert in Iran Water Resource Management Company (Ministry of Energy) and Executive Secretary of IRNCID – Background Note
  5. Cost-effectiveness of Agricultural Field Drainage (15-31 May 2019), Mentor: Dr. Tena Alamirew Agumassie, Deputy Director and Head of Knowledge Generation Division, Water and Land Resources Center, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Co-ordinators: Mrs. Adey Nigatu Mersha – PhD Researcher, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands, and Mrs. Kathleen Murray – Project Manager, Growcom, Australia – Background Note

Concluded e-discussions 2018

  1. Use of Groundwater for Sustainable Agriculture, Coordinator: Ms. Eman Ragab (15 January 2018) – Background Note
  2. On-farm efficiency for small scale farming, CoordinatorMr. 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) – Background Note
  5. Farmer led Innovation for water efficiency, shared global success stories, Coordinator: Ms. Kathleen Heuvel (15-31 May 2018) - Background Note 

Concluded e-discussions 2017

  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]
  6. Discussion on Education in Irrigation and Drainage Sector, 15 July to 7 August 2016 - Background Note
  7. Discussion on Role of Women in Irrigation and Drainage Sector, 15 July to 7 August 2016 - Background Note
  8. Discussion on Role of New Technologies for Irrigation and Drainage, 17 August to 2 September 2016 - Background Note
  9. Sustainable Development of Tidal Areas,12-31 August 2016 - Background Note


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