The International Programme for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID) is an independent multi-donor trust-fund programme hosted by FAO in its headquarters in Rome, Italy.
IPTRIDs mission is to improve the uptake of research, exchange of technology and management innovations by means of capacity development in the irrigation and drainage systems and sectors of developing countries to reduce poverty, enhance food security and improve livelihoods,
while conserving the environment
IPTRID conceives Capacity Development as an integrated concept, that relates to knowledge, skills and know-how, organizations, legislation and awareness at all levels – from farmers to government.
In order to reach maximum effectiveness, IPTRID's approach is participatory, driven by demand through listening and reacting to the issues and priorities being raised by stakeholders.
IPTRID supports both governments and private sector to identify capacity constraints and take action to remove them, providing assistance to developing countries and countries in transition for the formulation and implementation of strategies and programmes at regional, national and sub-national level, to enable stakeholders to take full advantage of improved water management technologies and practices.
Agricultural water management includes not only irrigation in its more traditional sense, but also water harvesting, drainage of non-irrigated land, flood control to protect land from erosion, etc.
IPTRID aims to reduce both rural and urban poverty, increasing food security and enhancing environmental sustainability by improving the access of farmers, farmers' associations and service providers to appropriate irrigation, drainage, water harvesting, salinity management and flood management technologies and practices.
For IPTRID, agricultural water management in its more general sense can play a fundamental role in reducing hunger and poverty in the developing world.
IPTRID's activity includes promotion of irrigation technology transfer and dissemination of research results. For this purposes, IPTRID has produced over time a large number of publications, disseminated widely to researchers and practitioners: all material produced have been aimed at strengthening national capacity in technology transfer and applied research. As a further response to the need of high-quality information on water management in agriculture, IPTRID promotes databases and internet-based systems.
To reach these objectives, IPTRID works in close contact with international Partners and Donors.