IPTRID network magazine
Issue 24, February 2006

International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID)

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Editorial panel
Carlos GarcÚs-Restrepo, Giulia Bonanno di Linguaglossa, Edith Mahabir and IPTRID Secretariat

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ISSN 02-268X

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Date for submission of material for Issue 25 is June 2006.

Young farmers working old treadle irrigation system (noria) in a rice field. (FAO/19683/G. BIZZARRI)

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GRID is published to assist communication between researchers and professionals in the spheres of irrigation and drainage. It informs readers about IPTRID activities, and about research and development in irrigation and drainage with a view to stimulating international debate on these issues.

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A welcome from the Programme Manager

Our interview with Mr Peter Lee


Changing deserts into agricultural lands - Peru


Major Findings of gender study in the multiple use schemes (MUS) in the hills of Nepal

Treadle pump dissemination and adoption in West Africa: performance problems and prospects


Soil water conservation and rain water harvesting technologies in the semi-arid zone of sub-Saharan Africa


Water user association in northern Uzbekistan:
opportunities or constraints for development?


Monitoring perspectives of treated wastewater in irrigation

Applying an evaluation methodology for social impact in a small-scale irrigation district in Colombia


AQUASTAT - Irrigation in Africa in figures




Water charging in irrigated agriculture

Agricultural trade liberalization: implications for irrigated agriculture


Consultation for financing water for agriculture

Staff changes and other announcements


Conferences and symposia