Water for Food

climate change

Building a holistic team – partnerships to mitigate the impact of climate change on water and food security and health

By Elizabeth VanWormer, Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow and an assistant professor of practice in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. When the warm summer rain falls in Nebraska, three kids in our neighborhood take to the street to construct dams… [Read More]

COP 21: A historical achievement and a legacy for future generations

By climatologist Donald A. Wilhite, Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow and professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources The signing of the International Climate Agreement at the 21st annual U.N. climate conference (COP21) in Paris Dec. 13, by 195 countries represents a historical moment and one that we should all be… [Read More]

Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

October 3, 2014


As Nebraska’s climate changes, the state faces significant economic, social and environmental risks. Because the magnitude and speed of projected changes in climate are unprecedented, it’s imperative that we develop strategies now to adapt to the numerous consequences we’ll continue to experience. Climate change is happening on a global scale, but adapting to change must begin at the local level, where climatic impacts are felt. University of Nebraska faculty recently completed a report, “Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.” The report’s goal is to inform policymakers, natural resource managers and the public about the state of the science on climate change, current projections for ongoing changes over the 21st century, current and potential future impacts and, finally, management and policy implications of these changes. Read More

Climate Panel warns of food and water shortages: DWFI already tackling that challenge

April 4, 2014

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This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its fifth report and connected – much more clearly than in past reports — climate change with risks to global food production. More dramatic slowdowns in production are likely, the report warned, raising the specter of greater food scarcity at a time when population growth and rising incomes demand even more food.

Though it receives little attention, lack of water is a major reason crop production is suffering global challenges. Water shortages already occur in many of the world’s major food production areas; droughts, floods and other extreme events are on the rise globally; and some 700 million people already live in water-stressed areas. Those numbers will worsen in the years to come as populations and incomes increase and climate change intensifies. Read More

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