Water for Food

2017 Water for Food Global Conference

Videos of all the sessions will be archived on our YouTube channel.

Vaccines. Irrigation. Cellphones. Apps. These life changing, globally accessible advancements were first created in someone’s garage, kitchen or office. On April 10-12, 2017 The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute hosted the The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference. The theme, “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” was based on the premise that global breakthroughs come from local action. This conference applied that perspective to the work being done to ensure water and food security for future generations. How can lessons learned from Nebraska’s groundwater management system help farmers in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam? Can irrigation technology be scaled for smallholder farming communities around the world? How do national policies affect agriculture and water security in other regions and countries?

The goal of ensuring global water and food security requires complex interrelationships among environmental, economic and social forces and examining our understanding of technology, natural resources, natural science and the environment, socio-political realities, cultural differences and public-private contexts. 

The 2017 global conference featured plenary and parallel sessions to explore the research, technology and educational approaches that are advancing food and water security for our world.

Researchers, producers, business managers, government and non-governmental organization directors, students and other participants from across the U.S. and around the world joined for three days of learning, sharing and networking. The conference included collaborative sessions developed with key partners of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

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Featured Speakers:

  • Ann M. Bartuska, Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Washington, D.C.
  • Robert Bertram, chief scientist, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development; Washington, D.C.
  • Mbogo Futakamba, Ministry of Water and Irrigation; Tanzania
  • Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor, Bioresource Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, McGill University; Quebec, Canada
  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Program Manager; Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Timothy Prewitt, CEO, iDE; Denver, Colorado
  • Jeff Raikes, co-founder, Raikes Foundation; Board Chair, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute; Seattle, Washington
  • Brian Richter, director, Global Freshwater Strategies, Nature Conservancy; Crozet, Virginia
  • Steven Schonberger, practice manager for Middle East and North Africa Region and global lead for Water in Agriculture, Water Global Practice, World Bank; Washington, D.C.
  • Timothy Williams, director for Africa, International Water Management Institute; Accra; Ghana

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8th World Water Forum 2018



The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference was a North American Regional Event for the 8th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water-related forum organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water.

The World Water Council produces the forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. The 2018 forum will be held in Brasilia, Brazil.

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