http://www.icid.org  3 July  2017
 Webinar on "Planning for Irrigation Modernization – The MASSCOTE Approach" by                  Dr. Robina Wahaj) on 5th July 2017
For more information and to participate, please visit http://www.icid.org/icid_webinar.html

Agriculture                                                   Climate Change                                                             Droughts
Floods                                                           Food Security                                                                Irrigation
Water Resources Management                 Forthcoming Event                                         Latest Publication

AGRICULTURE

Israel returnees transforming country’s agriculture sector
2 July 2017
Promoting commercialisation in agriculture to transform the agro sector, which has been mentioned in numerous policy documents of the government, has been limited to the paper. But that might be changing in the days ahead, thanks to local youths who have returned from Israel.
https://thehimalayantimes.com/business/israel-returnees-transforming-countrys-agriculture-sector/

Agriculture 4.0: Obstacles and how to break through
30 June 2017
Thailand 4.0 is the Thai government's new economic model aimed at pulling the country out of the middle-income trap. For agriculture, it means a seven-fold increase in average annual income of farmers from 56,450 baht to 390,000 baht within the next 20 years -- an extremely difficult, if not impossible objective to be achieved -- a task that would require a drastic shift in strategy to encourage adaptation and adoption of modern technologies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/1278271/agriculture-4-0-obstacles-and-how-to-break-through

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CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change Is Resulting In Depleting Of Mangrove Forest Cover In The Sunderbans
2 July 2017

A new study about the forest cover in India’s Sunderbans will bring a wave of sadness for environmentalists. The mangrove forest cover in the region has been depleting at a rapid rate over the past few decades
http://www.indiatimes.com/news/india/climate-change-is-resulting-in-depleting-of-mangrove-forest-cover-in-the-sunderbans-325044.html

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DROUGHTS
Drought Threatens Crops, Wildlife Along Spain's Guadalquivir River Delta
2 July 2017
Scientists predict all of southern Spain, with its varied landscapes — arid Mediterranean terraces, partial deserts and delicate wetlands — will be reduced to one big desert by the end of this century, if current rates of greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked. Manmade water shortages are already compounding those effects.
http://wqcs.org/post/drought-threatens-crops-wildlife-along-spains-guadalquivir-river-delta#stream/0

Breakthrough in drought-resistant crop development
28 June 2017
A team of Australian researchers believes that they have made a breakthrough in developing drought-resistant crops after being able to “close the pores” on leaves.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/breakthrough-in-drought-resistant-crop-development/article19157630.ece

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FLOODS
Rain fury in Gujarat, Assam flood situation grim
1 July 2017
Torrential rains led to a deluge- like situation in parts of Gujarat and triggered fresh landslides in Himchal Pradesh, even as the flood situation in Assam remained grim with more rains likely to hit the northeast region.
http://zeenews.india.com/india/rain-fury-in-gujarat-assam-flood-situation-grim-2020447.html?pfrom=article-next-story

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FOOD SECURITY
UN: Millions of Kenyans will be in need of relief food by August
29 June 2017
More than 3.6 million Kenyans will be in need of relief food by August, a United Nations humanitarian agency has said in a report on the food situation in the country.
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/un-millions-kenyans-will-be-in-need-of-relief-food-by-august/1056-3993232-rwtnnsz/index.html

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IRRIGATION
Does improved irrigation technology save water?
29 June 2017
Unsustainable water use (over-drafted aquifers, seasonally dry rivers, disappearing lakes and wetlands) is a problem across the world. This is especially true in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region, which includes many of the most water-short countries in the world.
http://www.unwater.org/improved-irrigation-technology-save-water/

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WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
LCWU, Unesco join hands for water management
30 June 2017
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and Unesco will launch awareness campaign in slums about water management and kitchen gardening.Unesco focal person for population planning Shaista Perwez Malikwill facilitate varsity in this regard. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi said that both projects will be made part of Active Citizenship Programe (ACP) which is successfully being run in LCWU.

http://nation.com.pk/lahore/30-Jun-2017/lcwu-unesco-join-hands-for-water-management

 

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS
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.
Website: http://www.icid2017.org/

 

69th IEC & Regional Conference, 12–17 August, 2018, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, on the theme: Innovative and Sustainable Agri-water Management: Adapting to a Variable and Changing Climate.
Website: http://www.icid2018.org/

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LATEST PUBLICATION(S)
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.
http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/NAP_Final_Signed.pdf

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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 < http://www.icid.org/ypaddform2.php>. To view this new service, please visit http://www.icid.org/ypsearch.php

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