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Every day, nearly a billion people in the world are food-insecure, without enough safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and active lives. Many of them are also water-insecure, without reliable access to an adequate amount of clean water to meet their needs. This situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
By 2050, our global food demand will double to meet the needs of nearly 10 billion people. To ensure sustainable food and water security in the face of population and income increases, a changing climate, and the growing demand for scarce water resources, it is imperative to improve water management in agricultural and food systems.
The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) was founded to leverage the expertise of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska and extend it with strong state, national and international partnerships. DWFI also collaborates with other universities, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies around the world to address issues on a global scale.
Of Rwanda’s roughly 600,000 hectares of irrigable land, only 10% is currently irrigated.
As a result of their technical visit to Nebraska in May, the government of Mato Grosso, Brazil, will sign a technical collaboration agreement with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.
Renata Rimšaitė collaborated on an assessment which measured the economic impact of the irrigation industry in the United States in 2020.
There is growing interest in using water markets as a tool to mitigate the impacts of water scarcity on agricultural producers.
In 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) entered into a Cooperative Agreement worth $750,000 with the Nebraska Water Center (NWC) to collect real-time agro-ecosystem data.