March 16, 2016, Lincoln, Neb. — In conjunction with the United Nations World Water Day March 22, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska will participate in a number of research and educational outreach activities — from Lincoln to Washington, DC, to the Middle East. Below is a snapshot of the work WFI and its affiliated faculty and partners are doing to help ensure a more water and food secure world, bringing Nebraska’s expertise in sustainable water management beyond Nebraska’s borders.
White House Water Summit – March 22
On March 22, the Obama Administration is hosting a White House Water Summit for a select group of about 120 water leaders from across the U.S. to raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions, and to catalyze ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through science and technology. Water for Food Institute Founding Executive Director Roberto Lenton was invited to attend the event, along with WFI Program Associate Richael Young in her role as Mammoth Trading president. Mammoth Trading, one of WFI’s private sector partners, launched the first active smart market for groundwater in the U.S. The Water Summit will be live-streamed, and the public is invited to participate through social media using the hashtag #WHWaterSummit. More information on the event is available here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/share-your-input-activities-and-actions-build-sustainable-water-future
Water for Food Institute student research trip to Middle East – March 18-26
On March 18-26, WFI will lead a team of undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on a trip to the Middle East to learn about the humanitarian aspects of the Syrian refugee crisis and its implications for water and food security in Syria and neighboring countries. The team will travel to Jordan to conduct research and develop analyses on the history of the crisis, water and food security in Syria and Jordan, and humanitarian concerns. The students will share their experience, including videos and photos, during the international conference, “Water Scarcity, Human Security and Democratization: Aspects and Impacts of the Syrian Crisis” April 19 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Their work will also be displayed through a First Friday exhibit April 1 from 7-10 p.m. at the Parrish building’s Spatium Gallery (1416 O St). More details on the project are available here: http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/blog/2016/03/07/water-scarcity-human-security-and-democratization-aspects-and-impacts-of-the-syrian-crisis/
WFI social media campaign – March 17-22
To commemorate the day, WFI will highlight how its Faculty Fellows at the University of Nebraska are working toward a more water and food secure world through social media. Join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #WaterIsWork and #WorldWaterWeek.
2016 Water for Food Global Conference – April 24-26
The institute will host its 2016 Water for Food Global Conference April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. This year’s theme is “Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security,” focusing on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships in water for food research, technology and project development. In addition to the conference program featuring global experts on water and agriculture, there will be various special events, including a workshop on smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa co-convened with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and KickStart International in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems; the world premiere of “Thirsty Land,” a documentary feature film; a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music. Further conference details, including how to register, are available at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2016/.
About World Water Day
World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to bring attention to the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The 2016 theme is “Water is Work.” More information on the event is available here: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday
The Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.
The University of Nebraska has invested in four interdisciplinary, university-wide institutes — including the Water for Food Institute — that leverage talent and research-based expertise from across the University of Nebraska system to focus on complex state, national and global challenges. Learn more at waterforfood.nebraska.edu.