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Message from Chairman
PH Lee


64th IEC Meeting, Mardin, Turkey, 2013 [Previous Agendas]


64th IEC Meeting, Mardin, Turkey, 2013 [Previous Minutes]



1. Working Group on the Role of Irrigation on Poverty Alleviation and Livelihoods (WG-POVERTY) - Final Report
2. Food Security and Poverty Alleviation in The Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Muda Irrigation Project - Mukhlis Zainol Abidin, Muda Agricultural Development Authority (MADA)


Role of irrigation in poverty alleviation and enhancement of livelihoods - Proposed concept note (PH Peter Lee, UK)


1. The Role of Irrigation in Agricultural Development and Poverty Alleviation at Rural Community of Iran
2. MDG 1: Reduce by ½ the number people living in poverty by 2015
3. Ebenaezer Irrigation Scheme - Case study, South Africa, M.J. Gabriel and A.S. Roux


1. WG-POVERTY Internal Workshop (PH Lee)
2. Role of Irrigation Development in Poverty Alleviation in India (R.C. Jha)
3. Improving Resilience for the Poor (A. Vidal, D. Mpairwe, D. Peden, M. Quintero, T.P. Tuong)


The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was established on 24 June, 1950 as a Scientific, Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit Non-Governmental International Organization (NGO) with headquarters in New Delhi, India.

The Commission is dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands through appropriate management of water, environment and application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. [For more information contact http://www.icid.org]



  1. Synthesize specific knowledge and experience from the irrigation sector, to design pro-poor actions in a wider understanding of irrigation along the whole rainfed-irrigated continuum (aka agriculture water management).
  2. Look for technical solutions that work within a clearly defined socio-economic context, so that they can be mobilized in a case specific approach.
  3. Emphasize multiple-use (mus) of irrigation systems as a specific approach to alleviate poverty in this context
  4. Increasing opportunities for greater and more open participation by the poor, in the development of systems and in the value chain,
  5. Building accountability mechanisms that give longer term support and commitment to poverty alleviation initiatives, and
  6. Guidelines supported by case studies on how to enhance the poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement impacts of new and existing projects.


The idea of establishing the ICID Task Force on the “Role of Irrigation in Poverty Alleviation and Livelihoods” (TF-POVERTY) was emanated during the International Workshop on the “Role of Irrigation in Poverty Alleviation and Livelihoods” held on the sidelines of the 58th IEC meeting at Sacramento, USA in October 2007. The purpose of the TF was to prepare an ICID position towards participating in the consortium preparing WWF5’s topic on “Water and agriculture for ending poverty and hunger”. The duration of the TF was for two years and was to be concluded its activities at the 60th IEC by drawing lessons from the process of knowledge sharing and from WWF5 itself.

At the 1st meeting of the TF held at Lahore in October 2008, the TF mooted a proposal for conversion of the Task Force into a regular Workbody (in view of the ICID’s key role to contribute to the poverty alleviation and improvement of livelihoods in developing countries) which was supported by PCTA and approved by the 59th IEC. Accordingly, a notification informing conversion of the Task Force (TF-POVERTY) into Working Group (WG-POVERTY) was circulated by the Central Office among members and all National Committees. National Committees were also informed that the maiden meeting of the Working Group will be held at the time of 60th IEC meeting at New Delhi.

Established : 2008

A view of the meeting


Members: (1) PH Peter S. Lee, Chairman, 2010 (UK, 2008); (2) Mr. R.C. Jha, Vice Chairman (India, 2009); (3) Ms. Mary Jean Gabriel, Secretary (South Africa, 2010); (4) Prof. Linden Vincent (The Netherlands, 2008); (5) Enayat Farhani (Iran, 2009); (6) Dr. Yohei Sato (Japan, 2009); (7) Vice President Mr. Laurie Tollefson (Canada, 2009); (8) Vice President Dr. Adama Sangare (Mali, 2009); (9) Mr. Moussa Amadou (Niger, 2010); (10) Dr. Yu-Chuan, Chang (Chinese Taipei, 2012); (11) Dr. (Ms.) Laura Schroeder (USA, 2012); (12) Secretary General, ICID.

Permanent Observers: (i) VPH Alain Vidal (CGIAR Challenge Program);  (ii) Mr. Andre Roux (South Africa); and (iii) Dr. Dennis Wichelns (USA)