Water for Food


Addressing Ethiopia’s drought-induced humanitarian crisis

By Patrice C. McMahon, Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow and associate professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Political Science Like many African countries, Ethiopia is currently experiencing its worst drought in almost a century. Ten million people are in need of food aid, while more than 75 percent of the population is… [Read More]

Global perspective on drought and water management

May 4, 2015


Water for Food Director of Policy Nick Brozovic led a presentation on “Coping with Drought – Institutional Innovation in Water Management” at the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry in Stockholm, Sweden, in March. Read More

Farming in the Great Plains: ‘Things can go either way.’

April 1, 2014


A year ago, I had a decision to make. It was time to plant, and my ground was ready. But soil temperatures were barely what they should be, and there was snow in the forecast. In my area, everyone knew that the longer we waited, the more yield we could lose. And the unusually wet spring had already delayed planting. But was it still too early? Should I wait until after the snow? Read More


Great Plains Megadroughts: Could it happen again?

March 27, 2014

The Nebraska Sandhills are a unique landscape, covering more than 20,000 square miles.

A visit to Nebraska’s little known Sandhills reveals a landscape of gently rolling sand dunes blanketed with prairie grasses and wetlands. With its rich diversity of plants and wildlife, wide-open views and glorious sunsets, the Sandhills are a unique ecosystem covering a quarter of the state. Beyond its charms, the region serves critically important environmental and economic functions for the entire nation.

It’s hard to imagine this lush, tranquil landscape was once a barren wasteland of swirling sand and obscured sun. Read More


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