About us

The Irrigation and Water Forum (IWF) is a professional network of practitioners, researchers, academics and students across many disciplines and themes. We promote British expertise in the fields of water resources, irrigation, drainage, and flood management. We provide a knowledge sharing platform dedicated to issues that cover the entire spectrum of the sustainable water management practices required to achieve a water secure world free of poverty and hunger through sustainable rural development.

We focus on water for agricultural development in the context of sustainable river basin management. Throughout the UK there is considerable interest in irrigated agriculture, drainage and flood control and alleviation. Internationally there is a traditional interest in irrigation and drainage from many UK professionals and consultancy companies working primarily in the developing world and increasingly in eastern Europe and central Asia. In many developing countries, irrigated agriculture uses about 80% of freshwater resources, and thus has a pivotal role in water resource governance.

We run a regular series of lively and topical meetings in which physical, sociological and economic aspects of water development are discussed, as well as the technical issues.

As the UK’s section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), we maintain strong links with the ICID Central Office in New Delhi.

As one of the 14 Specialist Knowledge Societies administered by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the IWF also maintains strong links to the ICE. Our events are hosted at their prestigious headquarters in Westminster, London. For further details on the ICE, please visit the ICE website.