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Call for abstracts opening announcement 3 October 2023
Online portal opens for abstract submissions 3 October 2023
Online portal closes for submissions 26 January 2024
Review of abstracts by panel 26 January 2024
Authors advised of the result of their submissions 1 April 2024
Acceptance from authors available to present 19 April 2024
Authors to respond to feedback via email 1 May 2024
Submission of final poster presentations* (template to be provided) 19 July 2024
Submission of final oral presentations (template to be provided) 19 July 2024
Submission of final keynote presentations (PowerPoint template) 27 July 2024
Present at 9th Asia Regional Conference 1 September 2024

The Asian Regional Working Group of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage and Irrigation Australia’s Committee on Irrigation and Drainage are pleased to invite submission of abstracts for the combined 9th Asian Regional Conference (ARC9) and Australian National Conference, to be held in Sydney from 01 to 07 September, 2024.

Abstract Submissions closed

Authors are requested to register and create their Conference profile through the portal and then log in. Once an account is established, authors may lodge their abstracts to their selected Sub-theme. If you have multiple submissions, please process one abstract at a time.

All abstract submissions must be 300-350 words long to ensure the reviewers get a good understanding of the idea you are presenting.

Learn how to upload an abstract here

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The World Food Summit (1996) and Millennium Summit (2000) suggested a target of cutting the number of under-nourished to half (by 2015) by bringing people out of poverty and enjoying a reasonably happy life with at least two square meals a day. But, unfortunately, the population of undernourished people is still about 768 million in the world (FAO, 2020), in spite of the modernization of agricultural water management in recent decades.

In spite of all efforts, including modernization (partially so far), the world has failed to cut the number of under-nourished to half by 2015, and given the current trends, it is likely that the world will again miss the challenge of Zero Hunger by 2030. Hence, the ARC9 is expected to deliberate on Out-of-Box solutions to meet the target of Zero Hunger by 2030.


Irrigation’s role in delivering economically viable food security and sustainable urban green spaces in an increasingly unpredictable climate.


1. Governance – identifying and addressing structural and policy impediments to the adoption of better irrigation practices

While the best of our farmers will adopt better/best irrigation practices (systems and management) in spite of the structural and policy impediments before them, others may find these impediments daunting and will benefit from an improved structural and policy environment which facilitates the adoption of better irrigation systems, suitable infrastructure and management within an Environmental, Social, Governance context and the relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

How has your region/country met this challenge in identifying these structural and policy impediments, what actions have been taken and what are the results?

If you are a practitioner operating in an urban/ open space environment, how have you tackled policy challenges to try to support more modern and sustainable irrigation practices?

In particular, what are the challenges and opportunities still in front of you? This conference is a joint learning activity and delegates will get as much out of the experiences gained from failures as success stories.

2. Investment – fit-for-purpose and cost-effective technologies which support end users to implement sustainable irrigation practices (Environmental, Social, Governance)

The terms ‘fit-for-purpose’ and ‘cost effective’ will imply different things in different parts of the Asian Pacific Region. Moving farmers up from subsistence farming does not require them to begin to use the best irrigation systems available – be it centre pivot/lateral move irrigators or micro-irrigation systems or remote sensed crop water demand – but may imply use of these technologies elsewhere. Whatever the irrigation system in use, they can often benefit from improved management.

What fit-for-purpose and cost-effective technologies (systems and management) are applicable to your region/country?

What have been the results (positive or negative) of this investment?

What has facilitated this investment?

How has this investment in technology demonstrated capacity to adapt to climate change – for example a future with more episodic rainfall and uncertainty, meaning a potential need for alternative sources including recycled water and desalination.

If you are a practitioner operating in an urban/ open space environment, how has your choice of technologies and systems supported continued irrigation practices in a likely drying environment?

3. Capacity development – ensuring that end users can access and adapt knowledge and systems to support sustainable irrigation practices.

In the broader sense, capacity development is more than just turning information into knowledge which is then used in sustainable irrigated food production. It is also about being able to access improved irrigation systems and management techniques. The target audiences need to be all groups involved in the irrigated agriculture sector including intermediaries (services industries and retailers), policy developer and implementors and end users.

How has your region/country used Water User Associations or other social or technology groupings to build capacity of farmers?

What other methodologies have been successful or not successful and why? What tools and techniques have you used to lead to success?

Again, delegates will want to learn from real case studies including where capacity development has successfully been linked with best practice governance. What organisational structures – self-managed districts, co-operatives, government-owned systems have best supported 
sustainable practices?

For urban/ open space – how do you ensure the most efficient operation and maintenance of systems and continuous development for operators?