Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty



ForumFrom 16-22 March 2009, 20,000 participants from all over the world gathered in Istanbul, Turkey for the Fifth World Water Forum (WWF5).This edition of the forum focused on “Bridging Divides for Water”. The forum is organized every three years by World Water Council and offers a venue for the water community and policy-and-decision-makers to come together, debate and discuss important issues related to water availability and security.

This edition had over 100 formal sessions in the form of ministerial meetings, panel discussions and more than 50 side events focusing on 5 major themes. The week-long event saw the launch of the UN water report on World Water Development -“Water in a Changing World”, as well as regional reports.

IFAD participated in the ministerial roundtable on food, will host various sessions, will participate in numerous sessions and took part in the discussions at the High level Panel on Water, Food and Energy and at the regional session for Arab countries.

IFAD sponsered sessions:

  • IFAD in collaboration with the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and UNESCO-IHE, convened the session on “How can food market measures boost rural development and poverty alleviation? This session was organized around the 5 livelihoods approach assets and was attended by representatives of farmers’ organizations, development agencies (FAO, UNU), Munich Re Foundation and SNS Reaal.
  • IFAD in collaboration with FAO and the Multiple Use Water services Group convened a session on “Bridging sectors to strengthen multiple use services” to discuss the governance implications of adopting a multiple-use approach and identifying opportunities to address barriers in scaling up multiple-use services. Practitioners from Nepal and Colombia, and policy makers from The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the representative from Aquafed (Federation of Water Providers) contributed to the discussion.
  • IFAD in collaboration with the Arab Water Council and the IFAD-supported Water Demand Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa (WaDImena) organized a side event on “Addressing Water Scarcity in Rural and Marginal Areas of Arab Countries: Innovative solutions”. The event was opened by HE Dr Mahmoud Abu Zaid, Chairman of Arab Water Council, and moderated by Kevin Cleaver, Assistant President of IFAD. During the session participants will discuss the challenges facing Arab countries in meeting the consumption needs of world’s fastest growing population with ever scarcer water resources under global warming conditions.

In addition to the above mentioned side event, IFAD had an exhibit reflecting irrigation of dry land crops and launched its new water products: