8 August  2017

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Latest ESA Research Leads to Better Cameras for Precision Agriculture
17 August 2017
A new camera from Cubert, working in collaboration with VITO Remote Sensing and imec, based on research from the European Space Agency, is bringing high-resolution details to precision farming.

U.K.-U.S. Trade Talks in Food & Agriculture
U.K.’s secretary of state for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, stated that the U.K. might not agree on imports of chlorinated chicken, and other food & agriculture products under any new trade rules.
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President Trump reportedly plans to disband climate change panel
20 August 2017
President Trump is reportedly pulling apart a panel dedicated to combatting climate change.
According to the Washington Post, he is working to disband a federal advisory board.

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Successful prediction of multi-year US droughts and wildfire risk
1 August 2017
A new study shows that difference in water temperature between the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans together with global warming impact the risk of drought and wildfire in southwestern North America. A new model proves longer-term forecasts will benefit agriculture and natural resource management

Climate scientists create Caribbean drought atlas
Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region's 2013-16 drought was the most severe in 66 years due to consistently higher temperatures -- a hint that climate change is to blame.

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Bharti bats for river interlinking to mitigate flood problem
19 August 2017
Union Minister Uma Bharti today pitched for interlinking of rivers to mitigate the problems floods and droughts in the long-run, apart from building large storages, an official statement said.

Floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh
18 August 2017
More than 16 million people have been affected by monsoon flooding across the South Asian countries of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh - putting huge numbers at risk of disease, hunger, and death.

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APEC seeks boost to food security, sustainable agriculture growth
19 August 2017
Việt Nam strongly support promoting co-operation in water management for sustainable agricultural development among APEC members, a senior Vietnamese official told the first APEC Water Resources Authorities Meeting for Food Security that opened in Cần Thơ yesterday.

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Kibbutz Drip Irrigation Innovator Sold for $1.5 Billion
7 August 2017
Mexichem, a Mexican producer of plastic pipes and one of the world’s largest chemical and petrochemical companies, has won a tender to acquire control of Netafim, the world’s largest manufacturer of drip irrigation products. Mexichem will buy 80 percent of Netafim for $ 1.5 billion, marking the second time in six years control of Netafim has been transferred.
Netafim is an Israeli pioneer of drip and micro-irrigation products that has changed agriculture worldwide.

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Singapore’s approach to water governance holds lessons for others
20 August 2017
Singapore, which marked 52 years of independence this month, is one of the very few exceptions. And the city-state’s approach to water governance holds lessons for other countries.

For New PM Water resources, tax policy among top priorities: Pakistan
August 21 2017
Immediately after assuming his office, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi assured the nation that he was not there to merely keep the seat warm, but would do the work of months in the number of days available.



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.

Drainage and Flood Control Summit, 26 - 27 November 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

8th Asian Regional Conference, 2-4 May 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal, on the theme of “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution”

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.



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.

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 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

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), established in 1950 as a scientific, technical and voluntary not-for-profit non-governmental international organization has the Mission to Work together towards sustainable agriculture water management through inter-disciplinary approaches to economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound irrigation, drainage and flood management. ICID e-Bulletin is a compilation of news items of importance during the preceding week in respect of Agriculture, Climate Change, Drainage, Droughts, Floods, Food Security, Irrigation and Water Resources Management that might be of interest to the ICID fraternity. Feedbacks on the usefulness of the bulletin are solicited


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