Water for Food

2017 Water for Food Global Conference


Vaccines. Irrigation. Cellphones. Apps. These life changing, globally accessible advancements were first created in someone’s garage, kitchen or office. The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference theme, “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” is based on the premise that global breakthroughs come from local action. This conference will apply 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 will feature plenary and parallel sessions to explore the research, technology and educational approaches that are advancing food and water security for our world: Agenda.

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

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Featured Speakers:

  • Closing Keynote/Heuermann Lecture by A.G. Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture, third generation fruit and vegetable grower from Orange County and co-chair of Solutions from the Land, an organization developing a roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems
  • Marlos De Souza, Secretary, Water Platform Land & Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor, Bioresource Engineering Department, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University; Past President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Programmes Manager, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Steven Schonberger, Practice Manager for Middle East and North Africa Region and Global Lead for Water in Agriculture, Water Global Practice, The World Bank

Special events

  • Student poster competition
  • Photography competition and exhibit
  • Opening reception at the Sheldon Museum of Art featuring international foods, entertainment and a visual exhibit exploring the Dust Bowl era in the U.S.
  • Nebraska bar-be-que dinner and entertainment in the 100-year-old Creekside Barn in Roca (optional – additional fee)
  • Closing reception with live music following the Heuermann Lecture by A.G. Kawamura

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Supporting: LI-COR Biosciences

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8th World Water Forum 2018



The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference is 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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