Water for Food

Proceedings of the 2013 Water for Food Conference now available

March 5, 2014

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DWFI has launched The Proceedings of the 2013 Water for Food Conference. The report summarizes the presentations and discussions that took place when a diverse array of more than 450 experts and practitioners from 24 countries assembled to explore the theme: Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems.

The 2013 Conference focused on climate change and variability and what can be done to adapt to changing climatic conditions. As DWFI Director Roberto Lenton noted in the Proceedings’ preface: “…the message was clear: climate change is real and the scientific evidence is compelling. We urgently need to find better ways of mitigating and adapting to floods, droughts and the effects of climate extremes.”

The Proceedings draws attention to the urgency of building resiliency into current water and food production systems and showcases the cutting-edge tools, technologies and practices that are helping researchers, decision-makers and farmers understand and plan for changing conditions.

Other topics include:
• Drought’s consequences and the learning opportunities provided by droughts are explored from the perspectives of producers, researchers, extension educators, international aid specialists and communicators.

• Livestock and water is examined by researchers working globally to understand and improve livestock water productivity, an often overlooked and poorly understood aspect of agriculture, as well as by ranchers who describe their philosophies and practices as “stewards of the land.”

• A view from the field, a popular annual conference panel featuring producers, this year includes a view from extension and from a panel of participatory researchers, who work with producers to incorporate their knowledge and perspective into research and decision-making.

The issues surrounding water for food are complex and interrelated. The Proceedings reflects the annual Water for Food Conference’s emphasis on including all stakeholders, at all scales, who must come together to better understand that complexity and to find solutions.

Director Lenton unveiled the Proceedings during an event DWFI hosted at the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The 2013 Water for Food Conference was held May 5-8 in Lincoln, Neb. Next year’s conference, Harnessing the Data Revolution: Ensuring Water and Food Security from Fields to Global Scales, will be held in Seattle, October 19-22, 2014, in association with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A PDF version of The Proceedings of the 2013 Water for Food Conference: Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems with links to conference presentations is available on our website. To order a hard copy, email your request to Jesse Starita at: jstarita@nebraska.edu.

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