THEME, SUB-THEMES AND TOPICS

THEME:

“Development for water, food and nutrition security in a competitive environment”

1. Climate change and rapidly changing diet patterns are adversely affecting the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus and the natural resources that keep this nexus in a balanced state. Quantitative and qualitative uncertainties associated with precipitation further compound the problem and challenge both human intellect and resilience. The complete picture of climate change is yet to play out and this ambiguity is becoming a cause for serious concern in human communities. Global issues that have been discussed in scientific circles so far are now being reported in popular media almost on a daily basis, creating an anxiety in the masses. It seems it is not climate, but the rate of change that threatens the biological evolution. These issues need to be addressed with a higher level of commitment by all the stakeholders of the WEF framework.

2. Most experts believe that the global food demand will increase 50% from the current levels by 2030, while the land and water availability will either remain constant or may even dip. The situation is much more alarming in the densely-populated developing countries that rely heavily on rural livelihoods for employment generation and food security. Under such circumstances, the logical course of action would definitely begin with a multi-stakeholder communication, consultation and collaboration that can assess the possible future scenarios and potential options in various sectors, and then suggest a way forward for streamlining of policy, technology and financial linkages within the WEF framework. 

3. Obviously, the role of policy making is central to all this as it would pave the way forward to financing of technology adoption by the players of production value chains. As the problem becomes more complex due to limited supply of natural resources, greater knowledge inputs at various stages of the value chain are necessary to make up for the reduced material inputs. “Produce More with Less” sums it up. Higher knowledge inputs require human capacity building at an unprecedented scale across the entire value chain. In this regard, the efforts of government agencies and the private sector need to be supplemented by civil society organizations and NGOs as they work closely with the workforce of any sector. Capacity building should not be limited to unskilled rural workers and farmers only, but at all levels starting from policy makers through their sensitization and awareness generation on global concerns to continuing education of research and extension workers for technology transfer from laboratories to the fields and regular training of skilled workers in various links of the value chain to ensure an all-round science uptake by the society and greater resilience against destructive forces of nature.

4. Following policy formulation, the next important aspect in this struggle would be technology development that focuses on productivity improvements for greater food and nutrition security. It is time that agriculture sector leads the way for other sectors by demonstrating how to fight climate change or to put it more positively how to befriend it. Many promising technologies for water conservation are available at various levels of implementation; however, their rural adoption may need creation of new business models. Affordability is key issue here. New techniques such as drip and sprinkler irrigation are showing good results with most crops in most countries, and are becoming more affordable with government support. Further research and development are still needed to mainstream such techniques for wider adoption at field level.

5. Last, but not the least, the financing mechanisms needed for policy translation into action and technology facilitation at the last mile cannot be ignored. Public-Private-People (PPP) partnerships based on a solid foundation of transparent and fair-for-all understanding will potentially lead to realization of larger objectives of global food and nutritional security.

6. Considering the above, it is hoped that WIF3 deliberations will lead to a clear understanding of the burning issues as well as practical action on the ground. Role of various stakeholders of the production value chains will also be better understood.

7. Given above, papers will be invited and discussed under the following Sub-themes :

SUB THEME

Sub-Theme 1: Enabling policy environment for water, food and energy

Topics:
1. Climate change and water conservation policy;
2. Land use conversion and the future of irrigation;
3. Policy for highland and lowland in regards to water conservation and water use;
4. Financial policy for sustainable water availability and or water use;
5. Modernization of irrigation;
6. River basin diverse utilizations.

Sub-Theme 2: Improving agriculture water productivity with focus on rural transformation.

Topics:
1. Water and farming productivity for small-holder farmers;
2. Smart innovation for increasing water productivity and efficiency;
3. Impact of climate change on agriculture and irrigation;
4. Irrigation water quality and farming production and productivity;
5. Improving water productivity for coastal area-economic activities and or aquaculture.

Sub-Theme 3: Role of Private Sector, CSO and Farmers/WUA’s participation in extention and irrigation development and management process.

Topics:
1. Indigenous knowledge on water management;
2. Private sector involvement in irrigation extension services (for small-holder farmers);
3. Improving farmers’ participation in sustainable irrigation management;
4. Joint operation of public sector/ community with the government on public irrigation management;
5. The role of SMEs or cooperatives in providing irrigation services and extension.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

1. Innovative products and services: short papers (4 pages of A4 size) on innovative products and services are also invited following the same sub-theme and topics.

2. Schedule for submission of abstracts/full papers:

i. Submission of extended abstracts (max 500 words) 01 February 2019
ii. Notification of Accepted 15 March 2019
iii. Submission of full paper (10 pages of A4 size) 15 May 2019
iv. Notification to author regarding oral/poster presentation 31 July 2019

Contact: Director, ICID, email: [email protected]

SIDE EVENTS

For the active environment of various stake holders and to provide them an opportunity to showcase how they could contribute towards the thematic objectives, the Organizing Committee will provide an opportunity to concern various side events, in limited members, during the event of 3rd WIF and 70th IECM in following forms:

• Works shop/symposia
• Training workshop
• Film shows
• Product demonstration
• Special events
• Panel discussion