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‘Australian programme to boost agriculture, water management’
Islamabad, PAKISTAN, 1 February 2017
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson and Federal Minister for Defence Production and Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain on Tuesday launched the Australian government’s $15 million Water Programme in Pakistan. The programme aims at continuing longstanding bilateral collaboration on building capacity to improve water management and boost agricultural productivity in Pakistan.

Agriculture Credit Raised To Record ₹ 10 lakh Cr In FY18

India, 1 February 2017
In a major thrust to agriculture, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced a whopping ₹ 1 lakh crore hike in the credit target for the next fiscal to ₹ 10 lakh crore as part of the government's efforts to double farm incomes in the next five years. The government will take special efforts to ensure adequate credit flow to underserved areas -- the eastern states and J&K.

Why we focus on job creation through agriculture —Amnesty office

31 January 2017
THE Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd), has identified unemployment as a critical factor in the Niger Delta crisis, saying that one of the major causes of the crisis in the region is the high level unemployment of their youths. To this end, he said the Presidential Amnesty programme has focussed on job creation through agriculture for the ex-agitators and other youths in the area.

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Wetlands Can Help Fight Climate Change
3 February 2017
Coastal wetlands are among the best marine ecosystems to fight climate change, new research confirms. Coastal wetlands take in carbon quickly and hold it for a long time. If they are not protected, the ecosystems could release huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, potentially jeopardizing the ability of some nations to meet their international climate commitments in the Paris Agreement.

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700 000 rely on drought relief
Times of Israel, 30 January 2017
Ongwediva-At least 32 percent of the Namibian population or 700 000 people depend on the government’s drought relief programme, according to the latest Agricultural Input and Household Food Security Situation Report. Over 70 percent of the Namibian population derive their livelihoods directly or indirectly from agriculture which is mostly rain-fed agriculture.

Drought declared in Northland

3 February 2017
Northland farmers say the government's drought declaration for the region comes as a relief. There has been no significant rain in the north since late October, milk production is dropping by the day and many crops planted for winter feed have failed to thrive. Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said the drought was classified as a medium-scale adverse event, paving the way for farmers and growers to get financial help.

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Heavy precipitation raises Red River flooding concerns
MINNEAPOLIS, 6 February 2017
After several dry springs, communities are keeping a wary eye on the Red River in case it's due for another flood. The region has been soaked with double the usual amount of winter rain, sleet and snow, prompting the National Weather Service to recently issue an early warning about potential spring floods.

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BRAC Liberia, EU Launch 2- Years Food Security Project
2 February 2017
BRAC-Liberia and the European Union (EU) have launched a 2-year food and nutrition security project that is aimed at assisting vulnerable rural Liberians, who are engaged in agricultural practices.
The project, which costs US$1.5 million, was launched on Monday, January 30, at a resort in Monrovia.

Food security: how drought and rising prices led to conflict in Syria

30 January 2017
From 2006 until 2011, Syria experienced one of the worst droughts in its history, which of course meant that there were water shortages and crops weren’t growing, so there was mass migration from rural areas of Syria into the urban centres, which put on more strain, and made resources scarce etc, which apparently contributed to the conflict there today.

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Modern irrigation equipment gaining popularity in Sylhet
SYLHET, Bangladesh 31 January 2017
Only the traditional irrigation equipment were popular among the farmers of the area. But things are getting changed in recent years. Growers are now more concerned in using the latest technologies to boost their production,

DA seeks P20B for solar-powered irrigation
5 February 2017

The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it would ask Congress for an additional budget of P20 billion for next year to roll out solar-power irrigation systems to increase the country’s rice production. “The DA would promote the establishment of solar-powered irrigation system as an answer to the lack of irrigation for most of the country’s 3.9 million hectares of rice lands,”
Bringing clean water to villages in India, the Singapore way
25 January 2017
From building toilets to basic homes, some Singapore outfits are transforming the lives of communities in India, as profiled in the documentary Finding Singapore.
13th International Drainage Workshop (IDW), Ahwaz City, Iran, 4-7 March 2017, Theme: Drainage and Environmental Sustainability.

68th IEC and 23rd ICID Congress on Irrigation and Drainage, 8-14 October 2017, on the theme: Modernizing Irrigation and Drainage for a new Green Revolution, Mexico City, Mexico, 8-14 October 2017.


National Agriculture Policy, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, September 2016.
Agriculture remains the mainstay of Malawi’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, economic growth, export earnings, poverty reduction, food security, and nutrition. It also plays a critical role in ensuring sustainable use of natural resources. All of these pose a threat to food security and nutrition in the face of a growing population, increased land pressure, and climate change. In trying to address these challenges in the past, Malawi has over-concentrated on maize self-sufficiency for food and tobacco as a cash crop, at the expense of other agricultural commodities, including livestock and fisheries. Moreover, the sector remains predominantly subsistence-oriented. In response, the NAP seeks to sustainably transform the sector from subsistence to a market orientation in order to increase agricultural production, marketed surpluses of commodities, and real incomes.

 Directory on Irrigation and Drainage - Products and Services (Yellow Pages)

This new online service introduced by ICID is developed to help various stakeholders in locating required business information through a few clicks. The online directory enlists all the services and products being provided by consultants, manufacturing companies, dealers, and other professional institutions dealing in irrigation, drainage and flood management. This online service is totally FREE and can be availed of by any service provider by submitting the required information on ICID website <>. To view this new service, please visit

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