Conference to address advances in water and food security from local to global scales

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/  Registration is open for the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. The conference, held April 10-12 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, will examine the work being done to ensure water for food security from local to global scales.

A $100 discount is available for registrations or before March 10.  Conference website:

The three-day event will bring together experts from around the world to explore “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” a theme inspired by the notion that global breakthroughs come from local action.

Speakers from academia, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private industry will share best practices and advances in science, technology and policy that are helping to achieve greater food security with less pressure on scarce water resources.

In addition to the rich variety of programming, the conference includes special networking events, including two evening receptions; a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit and a Nebraska bar-be-que banquet.

Topics include:

  • Creating and expanding farmer-led irrigation solutions in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Developing market-based approaches to drought management
  • Enhancing high productivity irrigated agriculture, highlighting challenges and opportunities from the Great Plains to sub-Saharan Africa
  • Improving water management and governance for food security in great river basins of the world
  • Transforming water policy to develop sustainable and equitable water management practices in local, regional, and global contexts
  • A View from the Field – how farmers from different parts of the world are using technology and best practices to increase yields
  • Engaging students, stakeholders and future leaders through science literacy and citizen science to examine the relationships between water, food and energy, as well as agriculture and public health.

Featured speakers:

  • Closing Keynote/Heuermann Lecture by A.G. Kawamura, former California Secretary of Agriculture, third generation fruit and vegetable grower from Orange County and co-chair of Solutions from the Land, an organization developing a roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems
  • Marlos De Souza, Secretary, Water Platform Land & Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Chandra Madramootoo, James McGill Professor, Bioresource Engineering Department, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University; Past President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage
  • Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Programmes Manager, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Steven Schonberger, Practice Manager for Middle East and North Africa Region and Global Lead for Water in Agriculture, Water Global Practice, The World Bank
2017 Water for Food Global Conference

Special registration discounts are available to all academic faculty, staff and students. The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference is a North American Regional Event for the 8th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water-related forum organized by the World Water Council.

Generous support for the 2017 conference is provided by the Robert. B. Daugherty Foundation, the University of Nebraska, Monsanto Co., Senninger Irrigation Inc., the Nebraska Corn Board and LI-COR Biosciences. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Molly Nance at or (+1) 402.472.5512.

About the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska