International Agriculture for Development Pty. Ltd.

IAfD provides professional services related to integrated water and irrigation management, food security and agricultural development. Our core areas of capability encompass technical and professional elements of water resource management, building institutional capacity and long-term sustainable use of water in agriculture.

Services include technical skills training and education, study tours, on-farm innovation research and demonstrations, extension outreach and adoption research, regional and catchment based water planning and improved water resource use.

We offer ‘on the ground experience’ in delivering technical irrigation and crop water management projects throughout the Indo-Pacific region, whilst offering global experience through our activities in Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia. Our on-farm research and capacity building activities aim to up skill participants engaged in the management and direct use of water resources for achieving food and water security outcomes.

We deliver training in ‘best practice’ irrigation practices, soil water monitoring systems and irrigation management – tailored to specific organisational needs and local agro-ecological conditions. With our partners we design change-agent strategies for implementing water reform priorities that support ‘on the ground’ practice change. We build the capacity of local ‘practitioners’ through developing extension outreach strategies, ‘return to work’ projects post-training, and support mechanisms for local water user association groups.

Our short course ‘Master Class’ training programs in irrigation and water management are delivered both in Australia and internationally, providing all aspects of technical delivery, ‘hands on’ field training and tours, logistics and welfare support targeting both Government and private sector specialists.

Organisational Capability

  • ‘Master Class’ short course technical training.
    Field Study tours on Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management.
    On-farm applied research relating to irrigation management, soil-water monitoring.
    Develop water resource management strategies for livestock and cropping systems.
    Perform monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and market research studies.
    Group facilitation and training, skills and capability assessment, needs analysis.
    Coordination, facilitation, welfare and logistics support for training groups.
    Irrigation system design and establishment, including hydrology, salinity management.
    Rain-fed crop water use efficiency and subsoil research and monitoring.
    Farmer decision-making, risk management research and training and adoption studies.

Projects

  • Assessment of Soil Moisture Monitoring tools for the IndoGangetic Plains (initial pilot study)
    This pilot program is currently being undertaken to assess the application of low-cost Australian developed soil moisture monitoring tools for use by Indian farmers to guide their decision making practices associated with irrigation scheduling in wheat production and other crops. The pilot program will provide the opportunity to identify potential local partners that may be engaged in future projects associated with the Water Partnerships program, and builds on the current networks that International Agriculture for Development have established in the region over the past 10 years.
  • Delivery of Certificate III in Irrigation, training in South Australia
    Acting as the lead trainers and assessors Denis Sparrow and Ashley Lipman are currently delivering a Certificate III in Irrigation, on behalf of South Australian, Riverland based RTO River Murray Training. The majority of the 20 participants are staff from corporate farms in the Almond, grape and citrus sectors. Specialised training notes and resources have been developed for the program, and provide a leading example of ‘Australian Best Practice Irrigation Management’ know how that can be developed and adapted for use in the IndoPacific region.
  • ‘On The Ground’ Best Practice Irrigation Management Training and on-farm demonstrations for Iraq
    Iraqi Ministerial staff participated in Train the Trainer sessions to develop skills and abilities in delivering irrigation extension services to farmers. Iraqi farmers were trained in adopting integrated approaches to irrigation management, with three focus demonstration sites being successfully established across Iraq. A detailed crop water use information guide was developed from the irrigation trials and distributed to surrounding farmers to guide them on irrigation water requirements. The ‘On The Ground’ model provides the ideal approach for undertaking capacity building activities across the Indo-Pacific region due to the practical and applied approaches.
  • Irrigation Design and Management for Horticultural Crops
    Ashley Lipman developed and delivered a training program in hydraulic system design, installation and operation of drip irrigation technology to officials from the Bhutanese Ministry of Agriculture on behalf of ACIAR/NSW DPI. http://www.moaf.gov.bt/training-on-irrigation-design-management-of-horticultural-crops/
  • Improving Water Resource Use in Irrigated Cropping systems through the provision of Master Class’ Short Course training
    ‘Master Class’ training was provided to technical advisers from the Egyptian Ministry Water Resources, Iraq Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, Tibetan Academy of Agricultural Science and Directorate of Wheat Research India. Programs were adapted to suit the needs and requirements of participants and local agro-ecological characteristics. International ‘best practice irrigation management, participatory approaches to extension outreach, and implementing water reform policy have been some of the key subject matters covered. Practical workshops, discussions and case studies have provided participants with the confidence and ability to better engage with, and work in the field, as well as influence policy development.