The countries in North, South and Central Americas along with some Caribbean countries make the American Regional Working Group (AMRWG) of ICID. The Brazilian National Committee of ICID (ABID) routinely organises the "National Congress on Irrigation and Drainage" every year in Brazil and ICID Presidents , namely Mr. Peter Lee (UK) and Dr. Chandra Madramootoo (Canada) have participated in it. It is said that Brazil will be the future engine of growth and food basket for the world. But other than the USA and Canada, language seems to be a bottleneck for spreading and sharing the vast treasure of knowledge on irrigation and drainage that is available with ICID and its national committees. Total arable area of the Americas is about 400 million hectares and out of this only about 46 million hectares is irrigated giving vast scope for water resources development and its management.
The AMRWG works for better contacts and dissemination of information on irrigation and drainage on a regional basis at the moment and desires to establish a strong base of ICID National Committees in the Americas.
Summary of the Proceedings of the Meeting: 1. The Working Group had informal discussion on possible barriers for South American countries to join ICID. Observers Ir. Pilar Gil (Chile) suggested that informal networks of professionals who are interested in irrigation and drainage could be used as aEstablished : 2021