http://www.icid.org 9 October 2017

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AGRICULTURE

U.S. rounds on Britain over food quotas as post-Brexit trade woes deepen
5 Oct, 2017
The U.S. and other international trade heavyweights have dashed Prime Minister Theresa May’s hopes of a smooth Brexit by rejecting one of her core plans for reintegrating into global trade networks. Washington’s slap-down of Britain is the second big trade reality check for May in less than a fortnight.
http://www.politico.eu/article/us-rounds-on-britain-over-food-quotas-as-post-brexit-trade-woes-deepen/

Myanmar taps Israeli expertise in agriculture
6 Oc t, 2017
Israeli expertise and technologies in agriculture are supporting Myanmar’s efforts in reforming its vast agriculture sector, while the recently enforced investment protection agreement is expected to boost inward investments for Myanmar in the long run.
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/myanmar-taps-israeli-expertise-agriculture.html

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CLIMATE CHANGE
Trump administration planning to scrap Obama's 'game changing' climate change regulation
4 Oc t, 2017
The Trump administration reportedly plans to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a “game changer” of a piece of Obama era climate change legislation. 
Reuters said it had seen a document “distributed to members of the agency’s Regulatory Steering Committee” about “issuing a proposal to repeal the rule” and opening up a comment period for replacement legislation.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-obama-climate-change-regulations-scrap-plans-cpp-latest-a7983721.html

Climate change could nearly triple airplane turbulence in next decades: Study
Oct, 2017
Climate change may cause nearly three times as much clear-air turbulence as current conditions by the period between 2050 and 2080, according to the study, published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal. Flights over North America may experience an additional 110 percent, and flights over Europe up to 160 percent more.
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/climate-change-triple-airplane-turbulence-decades-study/story?id=50276748

Delhi's air to turn toxic as crop burning will continue this year: India
5 Oct, 2017
Air pollution levels will rise even further in the Capital, with the onset of the paddy harvesting season. In fact, straw burning will become the norm in neighbouring states such as Punjab and Haryana, with the state governments afraid of cracking down on the practice, fearing agitation by farmers.
http://www.dnaindia.com/delhi/report-capital-s-air-to-turn-toxic-as-crop-burning-will-continue-this-year-2550602

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DROUGHTS
Drought continues to ease in Dakotas but still a big problem
5 Oct, 2017
Bismarck, N.D: 
Drought continues to ease in the Dakotas, though nearly two-thirds of each state remains mired in some form of drought. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows 58 percent of South Dakota and 60 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought.
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/drought-continues-to-ease-in-dakotas-but-still-a-big-problem/

Lack of September rainfall worsens big dry areas including eastern Tasmania: Report
4 Oct, 2017
Climate experts have sounded a drought alert for a large part of Australia’s south-east, including eastern Tasmania. Some of the Australia’s prime agricultural regions have reported record low September rainfall, threatening an already downgraded estimate for crop production.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/lack-of-september-rainfall-worsens-big-dry-in-areas-including-eastern-tasmania-says-latest-drought-report/news-story/fb1786b4b8f919b7f73ea99473ea7ab5

South Africa: Cape’s day zero looms large
5 Oct, 2017
Intermittent water supply‚ followed by having to collect water in buckets under the supervision of soldiers: this is Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille’s vision of the near future if the city’s dams run dry. 
She begged Capetonians to save more water‚ warning that day zero — when dams are no longer usable — would arrive in March.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2017-10-05-drought-capes-day-zero-looms-large/

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FLOODS
Tropical Storm Nate: New Orleans declares state of emergency ahead of storm
5 Oct, 2017
The mayor of New Orleans late Thursday declared a state of emergency for the city ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, which has already been blamed for 22 deaths in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The city’s mayor Mitch Landrieu said residents who live outside the city’s levee system or in low-lying areas should move to higher ground.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/06/tropical-storm-nate-new-orleans-declares-state-emergency-ahead-storm.html

Flood warning for Joburg as 'thunderstorm season' strikes
5 Oct, 2017
Johannesburg: Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to take extra precautions, as heavy rainfall could result in localised flooding. Emergency Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said that the country had "officially entered into thunderstorm season".
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/flood-warning-for-joburg-as-thunderstorm-season-strikes-20171005

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FOOD SECURITY
Disease identification app to boost food security in Africa
5 Oct, 2017
A team of researchers that has developed an app which will allow small-scale farmers in Africa to identify cassava diseases has won a US$100 000 (R1,4 million) grant to expand the tool for use on other root, tuber and banana crops.
https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/agri-news/africa/disease-identification-app-boost-food-security-africa/

Food Security, Agriculture in Haiti hit hard by Hurricane Irma
6 Oct, 2017
For some Haitian farmers, Irma brings another year of major losses. “The vicious cycle of disaster upon disaster in Haiti is making Haitians poorer—and not just farmers,” economist and former Prime Minister Fritz Jean told The Miami Herald. Without agricultural productivity, farmers cannot feed their families, cannot sell crops at market, and cannot put money back into their communities.
https://foodtank.com/news/2017/10/food-security-haiti-hurricane-irma/

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IRRIGATION
80,000 waterbodies in villages unusable for irrigation: India
6 Oct, 2017
Bengaluru: According to information accessed from the ministry of water resources, 80,128 (15.29%) of the 5.23 lakh waterbodies dedicated for minor irrigation in rural areas have become unusable due to pollution, encroachments and urbanization. Among the worst-affected states are Andhra Pradesh-Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The three states account for 61% of the 80,128 waterbodies, followed by Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/80k-waterbodies-in-villages-unusable-for-irrigation/articleshow/60964729.cms

Dam upstream leaves Egypt fearing for its river lifeline, Nile
2 Oct, 2017
Ethiopia is finalizing construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, its first major dam on the Blue Nile, and then will eventually start filling the giant reservoir behind it to power the largest hydroelectric dam in Africa. 
Egypt fears that will cut into its water supply, destroying parts of its precious farmland and squeezing its population of 93 million people, who already face water crisis.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/02/dam-upstream-leaves-egypt-fearing-for-its-lifeline-nile.html

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WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
International forum on water resources held in Minsk

5 Oct, 2017
The international forum Water Resources and Climate took place at the Belarusian State Technological University on 5-6 October. The experts discussed themes such as sustainable use of water resources in changing climate conditions, modern approaches towards the protection of water resources from contamination, water treatment technologies, cross-border cooperation in protection and use of trans-border water objects, hydropower engineering and the use of the recreational potential of Belarus' water objects.
http://eng.belta.by/society/view/international-forum-on-water-resources-opens-in-minsk-105611-2017/

Centre sets up High Level Committee for water resource management in north-east India
5 Oct, 2017
The government has constituted a high-level committee for holistic management of water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER). This comes on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to flood-hit Assam in August. The committee will identify gaps in the existing mechanism and will submit a plan of action by June 2018.
http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/centre-sets-up-committee-for-proper-management-of-water-resources-in-northeast-58803

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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/

Drainage and Flood Control Summit, 26 - 27 November 2017, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Website: https://drainagefloodcontrol.com/

8th Asian Regional Conference, 2-4 May 2018, Kathmandu, Nepal, on the theme of “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution”
Website:
http://nencid.org.np/

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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