Case studies on water conservation in the Mediterranean
Knowledge Synthesis Report
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The International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and
Drainage (IPTRID) aims to enhance the standard of irrigation and drainage
research and development in and by developing countries, giving due regard
to the needs of the environment. Its main objectives are to improve
technology and management in order to increase the production of food and
agricultural commodities, enhance food security and assist in eliminating
poverty. The programme focuses attention on four priority themes:
Building national capacity
Formulating research and development strategies and programmes
IPTRID's sponsors are FAO, UNDP, World Bank, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), international and national research institutes, multi- and bilateral donors, and development foundations.
For further information about the IPTRID Programme please contact the IPTRID
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Programme Manager IPTRID
Land and Water Development Division
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Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
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One of IPTRID's priority activities is to create awareness among the interested public and the professional community on irrigation and drainage issues, particularly on the positive benefits of irrigated agriculture. It is hoped that the reader will be able to appreciate better the role of irrigation and drainage and understand how such developments can be improved with minimal environmental impacts and maximum livelihood benefits.
Poverty reduction and irrigated agriculture is the first in a series of Issues Papers to be published by IPTRID. Topics to be covered in later papers include;
- Realizing the value of irrigation system maintenance, and
- Priorities for drainage
Publication of these papers will be announced in the IPTRID Network Magazine GRID, which is published biannually. Requests for GRID magazine and for copies of the Issues Papers should be sent to the IPTRID Programme Manager at the address above.