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


Africa 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 the objective of promoting strong communications and networking among 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 associations like SARIA and ARID.

The Moroccan National Committee (ANAFIDE) organized the 5th African Regional Conference (ARC) and 72nd IEC meeting from 24-30 November 2021 on the  theme  “Sustainable Management of Irrigation for an Improved Resilience of Agriculture in Africa” (postponed in March 2020 due to COVID-19). In addition a Capacity Development Training Program for participants from the African Region on "Micro-irrigation Systems to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change" from 19-23 November 2021 was also organized as part of the 5th ARC. 


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In addition to the below membership representatives from National Committees of Malawi, Mali, and representatives from AgWA, ARID, FAO, SARIA, World Bank are Permanent Observers.

Also, refer to the African Young Water Professional Forum (Af-YWPF), and ICID Young Professionals' e-Forum (IYPeF)

Training Needs Assessment- Report-II, 2022


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.

Established : 1994
Sl. No. Name Email Country Position
1 Dr. Mohamed Abd El Moneim Wahba ms************* Egypt Chair
2 Prof. Dr. Sylvester Mpandeli sy************* South Africa Vice Chair
3 Eng. Ismael Elhassanoui is************* Morocco Secretary
4 Dr. Ahmed E. Elshaikh - Direct Member ah************* Sudan Member
5 Engr. (Mrs.) Archibong Inimfon Godwin in************* Nigeria Member
6 Mr. Cornelius Mulako Sitali co************* Zambia Member
7 Prof. El - Houssine Bartali ba************* Morocco Member
8 Ms. El Oumlouki Kaoutar - Young Professional ka************* Morocco Member
9 Engr. (Mrs.) Esther Oyeronke Oluniyi ak************* Nigeria Member
10 Eng. (Ms.) Hind Massoud Hamed Elneel hi************* Sudan Member
11 Eng. Inimfon Archibong - Young Professional in************* Nigeria Member
12 Mr. Jean Bernard DAMBRE da************* Burkina Faso Member
13 Engr. Joe Kwanashie jo************* Nigeria Member
14 Eng. Marwa Faisal Salman Mohamed ma************* Sudan Member
15 Eng. Mohamed Mohamud Abdi en************* Somalia Member
16 Engr. Muhammad Sani Bala ms************* Nigeria Member
17 Eng. Omnia Hassan Ahmad Salem - Young Professional om************* Egypt Member
18 Mrs. Salamata Karambiri MIWENDE sa************* Burkina Faso Member
19 Dr. (Mrs.) Samia El-Guindy ap************* Egypt Member
20 Ms. Sara Boularbah - Young Professional sa************* Morocco Member
21 Mr. A. de Vito me************* Italy Observer
22 Mr. Amali A. AMALI - Young Professional AA************* Nigeria Observer
23 Eng. Elizabeth Mwendwa me************* Kenya Observer
24 Mr. Jean Syroganis Camara me************* Italy Observer
25 Mr. Joseph Kimani Wandue me************* Kenya Observer
26 Engr. A. A. Adenopo ad************* Nigeria Permanent Observer
27 Mr. Abdullahi Abdul Rahman en************* Nigeria Permanent Observer
28 Mr. Elijah Adepoju Aderibigbe me************* Nigeria Permanent Observer
29 Eng. Omer Yousef me************* Sudan Permanent Observer












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