Australia Pakistan Agricultural Scholarships Short Course Award
IWC designed and delivered a six-week program on Training Trainers in Irrigation and Sustainable Water Resources Management, with a domestic component of 5 weeks and a re-entry week in Pakistan. The program design included subject expertise in irrigation and adult education as well as site and institutional visits.
Project Category: Education & Training
Key Areas of Work: Training IWM,Integrated Water Resource Management
Project Date: Oct 31, 2014
As part of the Australian Government's Australia Pakistan Agricultural Scholarships Short Course Award, IWC and The University of Queensland (UQ) designed and delivered this six-week program for training trainers in Australia and Pakistan.
Twenty-three participants from the public sector, universities, NGOs and research centres took part in the training. The course focused primarily on Training Trainers in Irrigation and water conservation techniques and sustainable water resource management. Participants explored water resource management issues in the areas of:
- water harvesting techniques
- on-farm irrigation
- water user associations
- water conveyance
- salinity and crop management
- groundwater management, and
- gender integration in irrigation and water resource management.
Participants met with Australian experts from UQ, IWC, Condamine Alliance, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), USQ’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA) and other Australian organisations.
Field and institutional visits included sites such as:
- agricultural research stations
- irrigated farms
- landholder cooperative organisations
Gender integration was also addressed throughout the course, using practical activities with a focus on the different roles men and women play in irrigation and water management in Pakistan.
Scholarships such as this short course help professionals make a stronger contribution to Pakistan’s development and build Australia's bilateral relationship with Pakistan. They support Australia’s broader development assistance in Pakistan, prioritising professionals who are already working in education, agriculture and rural development.