ICID UEA Irrigation Policy Seminar (London)


Irrigation policy in a time of drought and high food prices

This seminar, organised by ICID.UK and the UEA Water Security Research Centre (with support from NERC Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme and the Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network) will examine global and local irrigation policy in the context of drought and high food prices. The 2012 droughts in the UK, the US and Indo-Gangetic Plain plus current high food prices provide the background to this seminar. The broad question that guides the seminar is “In a time of climate change and food scarcity, can better irrigation policies reduce food vulnerabilities?”

Venue: ICE, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.

Date: Friday 9 November 2012

Time: 9.30 am to 5:00 pm

Start at 1000 after coffee and registration at 0930.

  • Keynote: Winston Yu (World Bank): Challenges and Opportunities in Reforming the Irrigation Sector in South Asia: Reflections from a Practitioner.
  • Keynote: Tingju Zhu (IFPRI): Global irrigation futures and implications for water and food security.
  • Melvyn Kay (UK Irrigation Association & UK National Drought Group): A fair share of water for agriculture in the UK.
  • Louise Whiting (FAO): Economic, Food and Water Security: Towards a New Framework for Action
  • Jean-Phillipe Venot (Wageningen University): Small-scale water systems in sub-Saharan Africa: Importance and need for integration.
  • Tony Allan (KCL): Farmers, Accountants and Optimism – FAO will save the world despite drought but with higher food prices. (Farmers manage 90% of the water needed by society.)
  • Bruce Lankford (UEA): Do we need a World Commission on Irrigation?
  • Phil Riddell (International adviser on agricultural water policy, www.ia2c.org). Title to be confirmed.

There are charges to attend this technical meeting in order to cover refreshments and lunch. We ask you to register your attendance by emailing Tim Fuller. Please do this before Monday 5 November.

About ICID.UK: We are engineers and natural/social scientists with interests in agriculture, irrigation and water resources management principally with an international focus. Although we represent the UK section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, we have been running seminars addressing contemporary issues related to water, food, the environment & society for many years. We welcome your membership and involvement.