In order to fulfill ICID’s mission and objectives of contributing to food security, ICID is bringing together representatives of all stakeholders involved in irrigation of all types and at all scales under the umbrella of World Irrigation Forum (WIF). The first WIF will be held from 29 September -1 October 2013 in the city of Mardin, Turkey. It will include policy makers, experts, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector companies and farmers, among others. The WIF is being organised in cooperation with the host Turkish National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (TUCID) and in partnership with FAO, IWMI, GWP, ADB and IFPRI. [ Themes, Workshops ]
The mission of World Irrigation Forum (WIF) is to stimulate and promote the irrigation, drainage and flood management and the objectives of the WIF are:
- Support multi- disciplinary discussions towards the solution to water management in agriculture in the 21st century;
- Exchange latest irrigation and drainage policies, innovations and technologies;
- Develop liaison/ collaboration among various national / international institutions/ organizations/ private sector working for irrigated agriculture;
- Explore and formulate concrete inter-disciplinary proposals;and
Advocate political commitments.
Growing food security concerns due to demographic pressure, combined with increased competition for water and climate variability have once again brought forward the importance of irrigation to grow more food. The plight of the poorest of farmers, the small-holders is likely to be worsened under water-scarcity and climatic variability endangering their food security. The increasing pressure on natural resources, particularly land and water, stemming from complex water-food-energy linkages also means that increase in food production cannot be achieved through mono-disciplinary approaches. Expansion of irrigation therefore has become more critical in all its forms and interactions, requiring inputs from all stakeholders and actors working within the irrigation and agriculture sector, particularly with the small-holder farmers.
Modernization of irrigation services, through upgrading existing infrastructure and improving irrigation management, is a challenging technical and institutional task. New solutions are needed, based on new management options and widely available technologies. One of the most significant changes in institutional arrangements in recent years has been the participatory irrigation management movement through formation of water user associations.
Agriculture Water Management (AWM) encompasses a range of options from rain fed farming to full irrigation. The approaches of various actors involved in agriculture water management are changing, at a satisfactory pace in some areas but slowly in others. Globally there have been changes in knowledge, attitudes and policies regarding agricultural water management and the environment.