WG on Water and Crops


VP Ragab


The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) was established on 24 June, 1950 as a Scientific, Technical and Voluntary Not-for-profit Non-Governmental International Organization (NGO) with headquarters in New Delhi, India.

The Commission is dedicated to enhancing the worldwide supply of food and fibre for all people by improving water and land management and the productivity of irrigated and drained lands through appropriate management of water, environment and application of irrigation, drainage and flood management techniques. [For more information contact http://www.icid.org]




Establishment: 2007


  • To promote the efficient use of water in crop production;
  • To provide input to test crop water models;
  • To investigate the use of energy crops for biofuel production;
  • To develop techniques for rainfall harvesting;
  • To promote the multifunctionality of water use in paddy rice cultivation;
  • To investigate the adaptation of agriculture to climate change; and
  • To promote low input agriculture.

MISSION STATEMENT :The Working Group supports work to promote the sustainable use of natural resources for crop production. The Group aims to develop guidelines, methodologies, techniques and models for sustainable and integrated management of such resources.

Established : 2007-2019

  • WG on Crops and Water Use (1986-1997)
  • Renamed as WG on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources for Crop Production (WG- CROP) (1997)
  • Renamed Working Group on Water and Crops (WG-CROP) in 2007 to 2019

International Workshop on Environmental Consequences of Irrigation with Poor Quality Waters, 12 September, 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Proceedings of International Conference on Drought Mitigation and Prevention of Land Desertification, Bled, Slovenia, 21 - 25 April 2002

More Crop Per Drop

Document on "Water saving practices in rice paddy cultivation (State-of-art report on irrigation systems in Japan) [PDF format 600KB]

AGENDA (Previous) | MINUTES (Previous) |

Integrated Hydrological Modelling System (IHMS)

IHMS-Integrated Hydrological Modelling SystemDicasmThreeInstaller_05022019_A.zip 
[File size 109.72 MB]

Manual and Publications [File size:7.76 MB]


Download SALTMED 2019 (File size 398mb)

Please carefully read the document: How to install the SALTMED model. You could also see
the Video on YouTube about installation and different parts of the model including problems and solutions. The User Guide has now been updated as well.

Online course https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRMeUFzuBYU

YouTube Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NnpllMtSuE&list=PLZYmrBXSZmBk4w_eIIDbYegjaluPaisp-

Trouble shooting, Problems and solutions:

A dedicated ICID YouTube Playlist is also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NnpllMtSuE&list=PLWpC78hTAxrWz79qfHIWkHjfM-HBhRvKY

Papers under Bio-energy

1. Irrigated oil palm production in Brazil for bioenergy uses: opportunities and challenges, Edson BARCELOS, Brazil
2. Background Study to Review and Assess Known Principles & Current Information on Biofuel Production under Irrigated Conditions, Helen Fyles et al, Canada
3, Biofuel development in China and its potential impacts, Tian Fuqiang, China
4, Biofuels Situation in India – Input to ICID TF Position Paper on Biofuels, Amit Dutta, India
5, The Scope of Production and Usage of Biofuels in Nepal, Uttam Raj Timilsina, Nepal
6. Biofuels Situation in South Africa – input to ICID TF Position Paper on Biofuels, A.J. Sanewe, A S Roux G Jewitt, R Kunz, South Africa