The Irrigation and Water Forum is the United Kingdom’s national section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). We focus on water resources, including agricultural development, in the context of sustainable river basin management, both nationally and internationally.

Growing populations, higher socio-economic demands, water mismanagement, and the impact of climate change are increasing competition between water users. With over 800 million people suffering from chronic hunger, and 1.1 billion people lacking access to water, water and food security are on the world agenda. To get involved in the discussion, find us on twitter (@iwaterforum), join us at one of our events, or sign up as a member now.

Through the IWF, you can enjoy a lively programme of meetings and events on all aspects of water resources throughout the year as well as technical visits and other events. Keep up to date with ‘News and Views’ – a bulletin circulated for our members – and access the internationally renowned journal ‘Irrigation and Drainage’, ICID’s flagship publication.

irrigation-iwfNext Event – Irrigation: Making it Work for the Poor

Our Spring Meeting “Irrigation: Making it work for the poor” will be held from 13.45 on the 22nd February 2019 at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster London and online, free to attend. Please find more details here, and register here.

Irrigation can contribute significantly to poverty alleviation, food security, and improving the quality of life for rural populations. However, irrigation often does not live up to expectations and can also be highly inefficient and have negative environmental and socio-economic effects, such as water logging and salinization, water and vector borne diseases, and inequitable access to water. In turn, these negative social and economic impacts can be compensated through improved planning, implementation and management of irrigation systems.

This meeting explores the linkage between irrigation and drainage, and hunger and poverty alleviation, in which the poor benefit through higher yields, lower risk of crop failure, adoption of diversified cropping patterns, increased high‐value and market‐oriented crop production, and fixed employment. Experts will share lessons from various countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

2019 Gerald Lacy Lecture

Our 2019 Gerald Lacey Lecture will be held at 6pm on 14th May at the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster, London. The lecture will be delivered by Declan Conway, Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute.

More details to follow.

Our Corporate Members