Annelieke Duker

Lecturer/Researcher in Irrigation Management


Annelieke Duker works as a lecturer/researcher in irrigation management at the Water and Agriculture chair group within the Land anad Water Management department. 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. Currently, she is conducting her PhD research on farmer-led irrigation along sand river aquifers in Zimbabwe and Kenya. Her research is undertaken within the A4Labs project on arid African alluvial aquifers. She has working and research experience in 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. She coordinates the development of a new Graduate Professional Diploma Programme on Water for Food Security, of which the online courses have started running in 2020.

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).


A.E.C. Duker., 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. 

A.E.C. Duker, 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. 

A. E. C. Duker, 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.

J.S. Kemerink-Seyoum, 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.


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