Water for Food

Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization: Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis

April 19th, 2016
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center
Lincoln, Nebraska

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It’s estimated that 8.7 million people in Syria are food insecure—about half the remaining population. Another 4.6 million refugees have fled Syria, flowing through the borders of neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other nations. With no end in sight to the civil conflict, the camps are becoming a more permanent home. Host countries, strained to provide enough food and water to their own before the refugee crisis, are challenged more than ever to keep up with the growing demands.

On April 19th, 2016, experts on water issues in the Middle East will congregate with the University of Nebraska and broader communities to discuss the important water security and humanitarian implications of the Syrian refugee crisis in the region, with a particular focus on impacts in Jordan. The conference includes:

  • Keynote addresses and a panel discussion among a broad range of experts on water issues in the Middle East, including governmental and nongovernmental agencies and academics;
  • A conversation with University of Nebraska students about their recent trip to Jordan; and
  • The screening of Salam Neighbor, a documentary about Syrian refugees in Jordan.

The conference is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, the Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the International Arid Lands Consortium and sponsored by the Forsythe Family Foundation in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln program in Global Studies and department of Political Science. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Questions? Contact Paul Noel at pnoel@nebraska.edu.

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