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One man helps transform world agriculture Oct. 15

October 8, 2009

Professor Emeritus Wayne Clyma has helped government organizations worldwide improve irrigation techniques and create water management programs. He's been instrumental in helping organizations figure out how to work together so that they could serve farming communities more effectively. Clyma will speak about his experiences and work in a talk at Colorado State on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 224-226 

Wayne Clyma, is a water management consultant, professor emeritus, and recipient of the Kishida International Award for 2009 from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

The Kishida award honors outstanding contributions toward food and fiber production, improved living, and education outside the United States.  

Clyma will speak at CSU on Thursday, Oct. 15 about his experiences and work with international farming communities.

Visionary leadership

Clyma has provided leadership in evolving a process for improving water management during the last four decades. This process has made significant impacts for improving irrigated agriculture in three different cultures, on three different continents and for many irrigation projects.

He and his colleagues developed an interdisciplinary team approach to irrigation management that is now a proven technique for enhancing the way that agencies and farmers collaborate. In his work, Clyma has brought about organizational change that's resulted in the improvement of irrigated agriculture worldwide.

Success stories in Pakistan

Examples of the work that Clyma done in Pakistan with other professionals are: 

  • improved watercourses
  • precision land leveling
  • crop production

What's unusual is that all of this work has been done with farmers as key participants. These efforts have had a profound impact on the irrigation efficiency, agricultural productivity, and farm conditions in Pakistan.

(At right: Wayne Clyma)

As a result of his contributions, Clyma was honored with the rarely-bestowed Government of Pakistan Gold Medal Award for his meritorious service in water management. 

Event sponsorship 

This event is being sponsored by the Global School on Environmental Sustainability.


Contact: Kerri Minatre
E-mail: Kerri.Minatre@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-492-4160