Water for Food: Growing More with Less

Second Annual International Conference
May 2-5, 2010 | Lincoln, Nebraska USA

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More than 300 people from 13 countries participated in the 2010 international Water for Food Conference May 2-5 in Lincoln, Neb.

What's available 2011 conference dates
The 2011 international Water for Food conference will be May 1-4, 2011, at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Neb.

About the conference

By 2050 the world population is expected to increase 40 percent and the demand for food will double. Agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals for irrigation, and 60 percent of the food supply is produced by rain-fed agriculture, yet global water supplies face increasing demands from expanding urban populations and a changing climate holds unknown risks. We must grow more food using less water.

Hosted by the University of Nebraska and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Water for Food: Growing More with Less, will be May 2-5, 2010, at The Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Neb., USA. Major conference sponsorship has been provided by the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation.

Increasing the productivity of water in agriculture through new technologies, improved crops and innovative management practices and policies is the great challenge facing agriculture – for both large-scale producers and smallholder farmers, in developed and developing economies. Water for Food: Growing More with Less will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the research, policy and educational advances that provide potential solutions for managing and using our water resources to feed a hungry and thirsty world.

Speakers’ topics will range from comparisons of the green revolutions in Nebraska and Asia to increasing yields in Africa; from developing drought-tolerant crops to using underground wireless sensor networks to detect soil moisture. Concurrent afternoon sessions will feature talks and panel discussions in five broad areas:

  • Genetics and Physiology of Crop Water Use: What advances in crop science will enable us to increase yields while decreasing water inputs?
  • The Human Dimensions of Water for Food: What changes can be made in human institutions and behavior to ensure efficient water use and continued increases in food production?
  • Technologies and Advances in Water Management: Which innovations will increase the productivity of crop water?
  • A View from Agricultural Producers: Producers will give a from-the-field perspective of the future of water and large-scale agriculture.
  • Climate Challenges to Water for Agriculture: How will potential climate changes affect water availability?

Water for Food: Growing More with Less is the second international conference focusing on these crucial issues. The 2009 inaugural Water for Food conference brought together more than 150 representatives from universities, industry, government and nongovernmental organizations worldwide. A goal of that conference was to explore how a Global Water for Food Institute being established at the University of Nebraska can bring an international perspective and expertise in many disciplines to research focused on using our limited freshwater supplies to ensure a reliable food supply for current and future generations.

Nebraska is a global food producer, irrigates the most acres of cropland in the U.S. and is the steward of vast water resources, including the more than 2 billion acre-feet of water in the High Plains aquifer beneath the state. This vast natural laboratory, the knowledge and dedication of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers, and the expertise of the University of Nebraska faculty who work in the areas of water and food make the state the ideal site for a Global Water for Food Institute and conference. Please join us to discuss this critical challenge and potential paths to solutions.