October 29 2017 - October 31 2017


Irrigation and Agricultural Development Conference (IRAD Conference)




“Irrigation and Agricultural Development, Challenges and Prospects for the Sectors Growth”


Tamale Campus, University for Development Studies, Ghana


29th – 31st October, 2017

Organizers: School of Engineering, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

The 2017 IRAD Conference will serve as the take-off point for the exchange of ideas and knowledge by creating the platform for stakeholder interaction for the development of the irrigated agriculture sub-sector. The arid and semi-arid areas of the world present a great opportunity for irrigated agriculture. The provision of water for irrigated agriculture like the Government of Ghana “one village, one dam” policy aims at contributing immensely to the achievement of food security and national prosperity. Small dams and dugouts for harvesting flood and rainwater greatly contributes to the achievement of SDG 1 (No Poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) in the arid and semi-arid environments. IRAD conference therefore brings together practitioners, academics, policy makers, beneficiaries, farmers, irrigation consultants, technical experts, etc on the same platform to contribute to the sectors growth.


Conference Objectives

  • Create a common platform for interaction and exchange of innovative ideas
  • Provide a platform for identification of sector investment opportunities
  • Platform for and dissemination of research findings
  • Contributing to irrigation policy.


  1. Irrigation Investments, Financing and Agricultural Growth
  2. Irrigation Infrastructure Engineering, Development and Management
  3. Soil and Water Resources Conservation and Management
  4. Environmental Impact of Irrigation and Water Quality Assessments
  5. Livelihoods, Smallholder Irrigated Agriculture and Wastewater Irrigation
  6. Trends and Challenges of Sustainable Agriculture Irrigation

Collaborators and Partners

World Bank, 2iE, SADA, MoFA (GIDA), GCAP, GhIE, Yara Fertilizer

Expected Participants

Engineers, Irrigation Agronomists & Economists, Academics, Researchers, Consultants, Agricultural Based Non-governmental Organizations, Policy Makers, Government Institutions, NGO’s and Donor Agencies, Development partners, Traditional Rulers, Farmers, Students

Mode of Presentation

  • Oral Scientific Presentation
  • Poster Presentation

Abstract Guidelines

  • Title
  • Author Name(s)
  • Author(s) Affiliation
  • Abstract Body
  • Five Key Words
  • Word Limit is 250
  • Font Size 12 (MS Word and Times New Roman)


All submitted papers will be subjected to blind review to uphold the high standards of the conference. All accepted papers would be published in the conference proceedings – IRAD 2017 Proceedings.

Papers demonstrating high rigor, theoretical and practical implications will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Irrigation and Agricultural Development (IJIRAD) a Journal of the University for Development Studiesafter peer review.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission: July 11th to August 31st 2017
  • Notification on Abstract Acceptance: September 8th 2017
  • Full Paper Submission: September 15th 2017
  • Early Conference Registration: July 11th to August 31 st 2017
  • Late Conference Registration: 1st to 30th September 2017
  • Conference Dates: 29th to 31st October 2017


Conference Registration Fees


Local Participant

Foreign Participant

Early Bird

- Paper Presenters (GHS 150.00)

- Non-Paper Presenters (GHS 200.00)

- Student Participants (GHS 50.00)

- Paper Presenters (US $ 100.00)

- Non-Paper Presenters (US $ 150.00)

- Student Participants (US $ 50.00)

Late Registration

- Paper Presenters (GHS 250.00)

- Non-Paper Presenters (GHS 300.00)

- Student Participants (GHS 100.00)

- Paper Presenters (US $ 150.00)

- Non-Paper Presenters (US $ 200.00)

- Student Participants (US $ 100.00)

Conference Fees Should be Paid into the following Account

Account Name: UDS School of Engineering Projects

Bank Name: Zenith Bank

Account Number: 6011100073

Swift Code: ZEBLGHAC

Branch: Tamale

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