Water for Food

Water for Food Global Conference kicks off in Seattle

October 19, 2014

The sixth annual Water for Food Global Conference is underway in Seattle, Wash. USA. More than 250 participants and 23 countries are represented at this year’s event, which is focused on the use of data to improve global water and food security.

From Oct. 19-22, “Harnessing the Data Revolution: Ensuring Water and Food Security from Field to Global Scales” will provide a forum for global experts and policy leaders to discuss ways to effectively manage and use data-gathering technology to conserve water and improve crop yields for large and small farming systems around the world.

On Sunday, a variety of side events were held covering topics ranging from integrated global drought monitoring and early warning systems to optimization of water use in the food processing industry. Following the sessions, attendees enjoyed the “Education Share-a-Thon, “ an informal reception to network and learn about a different research and educational tools related to the conference theme.

We are looking forward to an active exchange of ideas with the wide variety of colleagues and stakeholders from the international community over the next three days. Be sure to join the discussion online if you were not able to make the trip to Seattle. Many sessions will be streamed live on YouTube. Visit our conference website for the full schedule of events. We encourage you to engage with us by commenting below and contributing your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter using #Water4Food!

Rolando Flores, DWFI Faculty Fellow and Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rolando Flores, DWFI Faculty Fellow and Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mark Svoboda, DWFI Faculty Fellow and Climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mark Svoboda, DWFI Faculty Fellow and Climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Rachael McDonnell, Water Policy and Governance Scientist for the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

Rachael McDonnell, Water Policy and Governance Scientist for the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

Harvey Perlman, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Harvey Perlman, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ron Rosati, Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.

Ron Rosati, Dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Neb.

Giriraj Amarnath, Researcher, Remote Sensing and Water Resources, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka

Giriraj Amarnath, Researcher, Remote Sensing and Water Resources, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka


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