2 October 2017

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


Puerto Rico’s agriculture, farmers decimated by Hurricane Maria
24 Sept, 2017
Hurricane Maria wiped out about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico — making it one of the costliest storms to hit the island’s agriculture industry, said Carlos Flores Ortega, Puerto Rico’s secretary of the Department of Agriculture. The island suffered a loss of $780 million in agriculture yields, according to the department’s preliminary figures.

Malawi mining, agriculture to get a boost 
28  Sept, 2017
Mining and agriculture sectors in Malawi are expected to get a boost following a Brazilian company’s plans to invest US$50 million in the sectors. The intention to invest in the two sectors was revealed by Danilo Daneluci, Chief Executive Officer of Brazil’s Costa Negócios responsible for Africa. The two met on the sidelines of the ongoing 72nd United Nations Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, United States.

Asia Agri-tech Expo & Forum witness participation from 36 countries, regions
28 Sept, 2017
Taipei, Taiwan: Asia Agri-tech Expo & Forum opened its doors on Thursday to visitors representing agriculture, livestock and aquaculture companies from over 36 countries and regions looking to source the latest in seeds, seedlings, agriculture machinery, feeds & feed additives and farm equipment.

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Global warming has made European heat waves 10 times more likely, study reports
28 Sept, 2017
A group of international researchers have found that climate change has made the sweltering record-breaking temperatures that scorched Europe this summer at least 10 times more likely.

'Off the chart' emissions add to climate change, poverty
28 Sept, 2017
A new report from Trócaire, published in advance of the Citizens' Assembly, says that emissions are "off the charts" and are contributing to hunger and a loss of water in some of the poorest countries across the globe. The 'Still Feeling the Heat' report, which analyses the effect of climate change across five countries highlights how the poorest people in the world continue to pay the price for political failure to tackle climate change.

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Witch doctors in Uganda sacrificing children to end drought: Report
26  Sept, 2017
Witch doctors are sacrificing children in Uganda, looking to turn the tide with miracles in the drought-stricken country, a new report said. Officials in Uganda say the number of human sacrifices is on the rise, as the East African country battles its worst drought in more than half a century. More than 11 million people are facing food insecurity and more than 1.6 million are on the brink of famine.

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Senate passes FAA extension without flood insurance provision
28 Sept, 2017
The Senate cleared a six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday but also removed a flood insurance provision, meaning the bill will need to return to the House. The legislative ping-pong comes after the House voted 264-155 earlier Thursday to approve the bill, which also includes new tax relief for hurricane victims.

India: Chennai residents raise houses to escape flood fury
29 Sept, 2017
With barely a month left for the onset of the north-east (NE) monsoon, Chennaiites living in low-lying, flood-prone areas have opted for "building lifting" to raise the height of their homes and avoid getting inundated. Engineering companies in the city offering house-lifting services are flooded with inquiries and orders, particularly from residents in low-lying areas.

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Disappearing traditional crops pose threat to food security, warn experts
24 Sept, 2017
Agriculture experts have warned that agriculture mechanization, expansion of large-scale agriculture and new technologies have led to the disappearance of local crop varieties as farmers look for more commercial varieties that grow faster and produce more yields. 
The experts were earlier this week, speaking during an African Union Regional Workshop on the Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).

Volunteers attacked delivering quake aid in southern Mexico
28 Sept, 2017
Mexico City: A group of young people delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in the southern state of Oaxaca have been attacked and robbed. The attackers stole the group’s cellphones and about $2,000. The Archdiocese of Mexico’s information service, Siame, says unidentified gunmen waylaid a pickup truck driven by the group.

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Water Tech Farms give irrigators look at latest water-saving technology
25 Sept, 2017
The Kansas Water Office has teamed up with more than a dozen farmers to help extend the life of the world’s largest freshwater aquifer. Through a new kind of farm, the state is partnering with progressive farmers in a demonstration project that shows irrigators how they can do more with less. Irrigators can get a closer look at these technical advances at some of the state’s 15 Water Technology Farms, said Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office.

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US, Mexico reach deal on Colorado River water
27 Sept,  2017
The U.S. and Mexico have unveiled a new agreement to preserve water for millions of households and farms that depend on the overused Colorado River. The agreement sets aside some Colorado River water for environmental restoration, and it calls on the two countries and a coalition of charitable foundations to contribute a total of $18 million for restoration, research, and monitoring.


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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