Water for Food Institute researcher’s work featured in New York Times Bestseller, highlighted in Oct. 17 bookshop event
October 01, 2018
LINCOLN, Nebraska, September 25, 2018 – The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) in partnership with Francie & Finch Bookshop present a conversation with DWFI research associate Babak Safa and global fellow George Burba. The event will be held at Francie & Finch Bookshop, located at 130 S. 13th St., Lincoln, NE, on October 17, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. The evening will focus on work featured in the New York Times Bestseller, Drawdown—The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Light refreshments will be provided and a Q+A session will follow.
In Drawdown, editor Paul Hawken ranks and explores 80 solutions proposed by researchers to reverse global warming. Safa responded to Hawkens’ call for collaborators and spent several months working on research and data analysis for the solution ranked 28th – multistrata agroforestry. He submitted his article in 2016 and its findings were published in Drawdown in 2017, along with the work of other scientists and scholars. At the Oct. 17 event, copies of the New York Times Bestseller signed by Safa will be available for purchase. Safa will provide a time for audience questions and share his research surrounding multistrata agroforestry and other research from his work at the DWFI.
Multistrata agroforestry mimics the structure of the forest to maximize both horizontal and vertical space when cultivating food. The technique takes sloped land or degraded soil in places where crops may struggle and provides an energy-efficient way to produce food and resources. Home gardens are also an important approach to multistate agroforestry, as they “are small plots comprising dense, diverse layers of trees and crops, planted where people live,” says Hawken. “Because they generate food security, nourishment, and income, on top of ecological benefits, home gardens have been dubbed ‘the epitome of sustainability.’”
Safa says there are three primary ways to absorb CO2, one of the primary contributors to global warming. The oceans absorb a large amount, as do C4 plants like maize and sugarcane. Safa’s work focused on the third absorption method – forests. Through multistrata agroforestry, farmers have the added benefit of absorbing large amounts of CO2, (2.8 tons per acre per year, on average) while still planting and harvesting one or more layers of crops below, said Safa. Additional benefits of multistrata agroforestry include preventing erosion and flooding, recharging groundwater, restoring degraded land and soils, and supporting biodiversity.
In Drawdown, Hawken asserts that multistrata agroforestry is among the most energy efficient systems of cultivation in the world. He estimates that its adoption on another 46 million acres by 2050 (on top of the 250 million acres that currently exist), could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 9.3 gigatons and save $710 billion.
Read more about Drawdown and Project Drawdown, the nonprofit organization behind the book at https://www.drawdown.org.
About the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 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 Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute — that leverage talent and research-based expertise from across the University of Nebraska system to focus on complex state, national and global challenges.
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