11 September 2017

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ASEAN’s largest all-in-one agribusiness exhibition opens
8 Sept, 2017
Bangkok: The third edition of SIMA ASEAN Thailand, the most comprehensive international trade exhibition for agribusiness in ASEAN, opened its doors on Thursday in Bangkok.This year, the exhibition focuses on the latest innovations in agricultural machinery, with the aim of improving Thai agro-industry to reach the Agriculture 4.0 era.

Korea - U.S. free trade agreement is a good deal for agriculture
7 Sept, 2017
When the United States and South Korea reached an agreement on preferential trade terms back in 2007, neither country knew that the global economy was about to look very different from the previous few years.

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Brexit bill 'gravely threatens' UK climate change protections, top environmentalists warn
6 Sept, 2017
Environmental leaders have warned that the Government's Brexit legislation could “gravely threaten” its vision for a greener future outside the EU.

Experts hope upcoming defence bill could alert Trump to climate change's threat to national security
Sept, 2017
As Congress returns from recess, a major piece of defence legislation is up for consideration that could prove to be invaluable for those looking to the US to fight climate change.

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MT expands hay lottery as drought, fire situation worsen
8 Sept, 2017
Helena: As wildfires continue to burn grasslands and forests across Montana and drought continues to worsen, the Montana Department of Agriculture has expanded its hay lottery.

Trump gives sympathy for drought; no declaration
6 Sept, 2017
Bismarck: President Donald Trump told farmers and ranchers in North Dakota coping with a deep drought that he's with them "100 percent" but said nothing about the state's request for a disaster declaration.

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Nations rush to help islands devastated by Hurricane Irma; Floridians evacuate
8 Sept, 2017
Haiti: French, British and Dutch military authorities rushed aid to a devastated string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least 10 people dead and thousands homeless as it spun toward Florida.

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African farmers to control a $1 trillion food market 
7 Sept, 2017
The market that may be worth more than $1 trillion each year by 2030, will substitute imports with high-value food items from Africa. 
This is one of the conclusions from the latest Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), launched on Tuesday at this year’s African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Cote d’Ivoire. According to the report, agriculture will be Africa’s revolution, with a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers, creating jobs and sustainable economic growth that failed to materialize from mineral deposits and increased urbanisation.

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Maharashtra seeks Centre's help for irrigation, river linking projects
8 Sept, 2017
Mumbai: Maharashtra government will make a fresh demand to the Centre for the release of financial allocation for the completion of pending and new irrigation projects and for the river linking projects.

80 Phalombe irrigation farmers get certified
1 Sept, 2017
Eighty farmers from Irrigation Schemes in the area of Senior Chief Nkhulambe in Phalombe were all smiles when Phalombe District Council through the Department of Irrigation trained them in crucial aspects of irrigation farming. 
The farmers who were drawn from Tithaniwa, Thambe and Likatcha Irrigation Schemes received their certificates after successfully acquiring knowledge on scheme management, group dynamics, and scheme operation and maintenance.

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Nile Basin countries need a deal on river, water
6 Sept, 2017
The need for cooperative sustainable management of the trans-boundary water and related resources of the Basin has never been more compelling. 
The Nile is one of more than 260 so-called “international drainage basins” throughout the world where water and related resources are shared between two or more nation states.

No more water cuts in Nadi - WAF
6 Sept, 2017
Water Authority of Fiji has confirmed that there are no more water cuts in Nadi which was caused by the high-level algae flowing into Nagado from its source, the Vaturu Dam. They confirmed that they have improved the water treatment process by conducting aeration process at the Vaturu Dam.


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.


 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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