Water for Food

Registration for Water for Food Global Conference ends April 18

April 11, 2016, Lincoln, Neb. — Reserve your seat. Registration for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference ends April 18.

Organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, the international event will be held April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. Discounts are available to university affiliated students, faculty and staff. Conference details, including how to register, are available at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2016/.

Registration fees through Monday, April 18:

  • Regular registration: $550
  • Discounted registration for any university-affiliated faculty and staff: $250 (Enter discount code UNIVERSITY on the registration confirmation page)
  • Discounted registration for any university-affiliated students: $150 (Enter discount code FELLOWSTUDENT2016 on the registration confirmation page)

The conference brings together experts from around the world for three days to discuss advances in science, technology and policy to help address one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: how to achieve greater food security with less pressure on water resources. 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.

The conference features more than 60 speakers representing different voices in public-private partnerships – established corporations, emerging startups, government organizations, NGOs and academic researchers, among others. There will also 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 in Water, Land and Ecosystems; the world premiere of the documentary film “Thirsty Land;” a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music.

The diverse line-up of speakers includes global thought leaders in water and food security issues. Former water czar Pat Mulroy will provide perspectives on partnership in water resource management, drawing on her decades of experience leading the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority. International development expert Melissa D. Ho of the Millennium Challenge Corporation will address the challenges and opportunities in achieving food security in Africa. Richard L. Sandor, a financial innovator known as the “father of financial futures,” will discuss issues related to water and carbon trading. Sally Rockey of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research will highlight new ways of thinking about public-private partnerships and how to leverage collaboration to drive innovation in the food and agriculture sectors.

For the updated agenda and full list of speakers, visit our website, http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2016/, and follow the institute on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The plenary sessions will be streamed live on our website and all sessions will be archived on our YouTube channel after the conference.

Generous support for the 2016 conference is provided by the Robert. B. Daugherty Foundation, the University of Nebraska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Syngenta, Lindsay Corporation, Senninger Irrigation, Inc. and the Nebraska Corn Board.


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.

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