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Water for a Hungry World: Innovation in Water and Food Security

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) hosted the 2019 Water for Food Global Conference, April 29-30, at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. We explored the cutting-edge work being done to address one of the most urgent global issues of our time – ensuring we have enough nutritious food and clean water to sustainably support nearly 10 billion people in the next 30 years.

The conference convened leading international experts and organizations to discuss “Water for a Hungry World: Innovation in Water and Food Security,” focusing on the next generation of research, smart technology, policy development and best practices that are achieving breakthroughs in this vitally important mission. The conference headlined a week of water and food security-related presentations, side events, networking opportunities and tours.

To build more resilient and productive agricultural and food systems, we need to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of farmers, scientists, companies, philanthropists, investors, government agencies and nonprofit organizations that are at the forefront of change. The 2019 Water for Food Global Conference spurred conversations that brought together a spectrum of stakeholders who understand that feeding our growing world population requires new approaches to overcome a host of interconnected challenges, such as climate change, water scarcity and pollution, economic disparity, shifting food preferences, food waste, soil degradation, ecosystem threats and competing demands for resources. We need a focused commitment to developing sustainable solutions for water and food security, leveraging the skills and experience of a diverse and talented network of stakeholders. Collaboration ignites innovation.

Global Conference

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2020 Water for Food Global Conference

Postponed to 2021

This fall, DWFI will host a virtual seminar series, featuring leaders in a variety of topics focused on advancing water and food security, in engaging and interactive online sessions.


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Farmer-Led Irrigation Development Webinars

The virtual mini-series will explore key issues and next steps for operationalizing sustainable and inclusive Farmer-Led Irrigation scale-up. 

Farmer-Led Irrigation Development
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Water for Food Research Forum

Recipients of DWFI's Student Support Awards presented their innovative work in food and water security at the annual faculty and student research forum.

Water For Food Research highlights

World Water Week

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute had a leading role in the 2018 World Water Week conference in Stockholm Sweden, one of the largest global events focusing on our most precious natural resource – water.

World Water Week

Past Conferences

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Leading the Conversation

The Water for Food Global Conference is a forum for conversation and collaboration, bringing together experts and thought leaders from around the world to help find solutions to water and food security challenges.