Annelieke Duker

Lecturer/Researcher in Irrigation Management


Annelieke Duker works as a lecturer/researcher in irrigation and development with the Water and Agriculture chair group (Land and Water Management department). Her research interests include farmer-led irrigation development, agricultural water management for enhancing rural livelihoods, and sociotechnical analysis of irrigation development and management. Currently, she is conducting her PhD research on farmer-led irrigation along sand river aquifers in Zimbabwe and Kenya. She teaches courses in irrigation management and operation, farmer-led irrigation, sustainability aspects of irrigation development, and wastewater reuse. She is the Water-Energy-Food track lead in the Programme Committee for the MSc Water and Sustainable Development.

She has work and research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia and the MENA region (including Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Spain, Yemen, Jordan, Indonesia, and China). She teaches in courses regarding irrigation management, interventions in irrigation systems, wastewater reuse, and socio-economic and environmental impacts of irrigation. 


Before joining IHE Delft she worked in Kenya on strengthening community water supply management and enhancing food security. She has experience in working at three different Dutch ministries: Infrastructure and Environment, Foreign Affairs, and Economic Affairs. As a policy maker she focused on developing long-term strategies for fresh water management under different climate scenario’s (Delta programme). She obtained her Master degree in International Land and Water Management with a specialisation in Irrigation and Water Engineering at Wageningen University in 2007. In the course of her education she gained experience in water rights in irrigation systems, waste water irrigation and river basin management.  


Duker A.E.C., Karimba B.M., Wani G., Prasad P., Van der Zaag P., De Fraiture C. (2022). Security in flexibility: Accessing land and water for irrigation in Kenya’s changing rural environment. Cahiers Agricultures 31(7), special issue on irrigated land tenure.

Karimba B., Duker A., Prasad P., Karimia P., De Fraiture C., Van der Zaag P. (2022) Irrigation on the move: How transient farming partnerships facilitate booming smallholder irrigation along ephemeral rivers in dryland areas of Kenya. Agricultural Water Management 265.

Duker A., T.A. Mawoyo, A. Bolding, C. de Fraiture, and P. Vander Zaag (2020). Shifting or drifting? The crises-driven advancements and failure of private smallholder irrigation from sand river aquifers from southern arid ZimbabweAgricultural Water Management, 241. 

Duker A., C. Cambaza, P. Saveca., S. Ponhuane, T.A. Mawoyo, M. Hulshof, L. Nkomo, S. Hussey, B. Van den Pol, T. Stigter, P. Van der Zaag (2020). Using nature-based water storage for smallholder irrigated agriculture in African drylands: Lessons from frugal innovation pilots in Moazambique and Zimbabwe. Environmental Science and Policy, 107, 1-6. 

Duker A., T. M. Tadesse, T. Soentoro, C. de Fraiture & J. S. Kemerink-Seyoum (2018). The implications of ignoring smallholder agriculture in climate-financed forestry projects: empirical evidence from two REDD+ pilot projects, Climate Policy.

Kemerink-Seyoum J.S., T.M. Tadesse, W.K. Mersha, A.E.C. Duker, C. de Fraiture (2018). Sharing benefits or fueling conflicts? The elusive quest for organizational blue-prints in climate financed forestry projects in Ethiopia,Global Environmental Change.


Non-scientific publications:

Artcile in Quest magazine (in Dutch): Medicijn tegen Droogte’, July 2021.

Blog post (in Dutch): Als de crises zich opstapelen: ondernemen en overleven op het platteland van Zimbabwe, Augsust 2020

Blog post (in Dutch): 'Kurkdroge'zandrivier van levensbelang voor boeren in Zimbabwe, June 2019.




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