ICID Message

A Message from Felix Reinders, President, ICID

Dear Friends,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 5th African Regional Conference (5thARC) on irrigation and drainage in March 2020 in Marrakech, Morocco. The main theme of 5thARC is “Sustainable management of irrigation for improved resilience of agriculture in Africa”.

Sustainable management of irrigation under limiting natural resources, for the future we want as envisaged under ICID Vision 2030, calls for recognizing the interlinkages between various sectors. Irrigated agriculture plays a major role in the livelihoods of nations all over the world and with the agricultural water use sector being the largest of all water use sectors we need to have a clear understanding of interlinkages such as nexus between water, food and energy. Sustainable management of irrigation aims to develop ways of using scarce water resources most effectively to maximize food production while minimizing the environment impact of irrigation on the different land and water resources.

The venue of the 5thARC, chosen by the Moroccan National Committee is Marrakech, chief city of central Morocco, founded in 1062 and first of Morocco’s imperial cities. It is called the “red city” because of its buildings and ramparts of compacted clay and known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and andalou heritage, including the 12th-century  (Koutoubia) Mosque with its 77meters minaret and Jamaa el-Fna square, a vibrant marketplace.

It will be once again an excellent opportunity for all of us to be in Morocco to exchange and share the experiences, technologies and ideas to promote the sustainable management through irrigation and drainage.

Some of us who attended the 30th IEC meeting in 1979 in Rabat as well as the 38th IEC and the 13th International ICID Congress in 1987 in Casablanca were very much impressed by the hospitality of INACID and the Moroccan people.  With so much to see and do in Morocco, I know that we will enjoy our stay in Marrakech and experience the richness of the history and ancient civilization of the region.

I extend a cordial invitation to all the prospective delegates to the 5th African Regional Conference on irrigation and drainage in March 2020 in Marrakech, Morocco. I am looking forward to meeting you there.


Eng. Felix B Reinders



International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage