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2014 Water for Food Global Conference

The challenges to feeding a rapidly growing world population and improving quality of life for all are daunting, but the collective effort of a dedicated group of people can change the course, creating a more promising future. To address these issues, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute convened the 2014 Global Water for Food Conference, Oct. 19-22, in Seattle, Washington, USA. More than 250 conference speakers and participants from 23 countries focused on the potential impact of the data revolution on the improvement of global water and food security. Specifically, the conference concentrated on how the data revolution can improve the productivity and sustainability of farming systems around the world, both small and large scale. Conference proceedings are expected to be available in early 2015.  

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On The Blog
Read these stories and more on the Water for Food Blog.
Big Data, More Crops?
By Jeremy Bird, International Water Management Institute
Ann Steensland,
Global Harvest Initiative

By Ken Cassman,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

5 Data Tools Used to Improve Water and Food Security
By Molly Nance, Daugherty Water for Food Institute  
By Molly Nance, Daugherty Water for Food Institute

By Molly Nance, Daugherty Water for Food Institute
News & Events
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's spring semester water and natural resources seminar series kicks off January 14 and will run through April. These lectures are free and open to the public at Hardin Hall on UNL's East Campus. Learn more.
Water use, sustainability and supply in the critical High Plains aquifer will be the theme for presentations and discussions at the Nebraska Water Center's annual water symposium and water law conference March 19-20. Learn more.

Global Yield Gap Atlas featured on NBCNews.com
NBC News reporter John Roach explores how the data generated by the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas has the potential to enable farmers to improve water productivity and grow more food on existing farmland in a way that is sustainable for our increasingly crowded world. "Hungry Planet: Can Big Data Help Feed 9 Billion Humans?

Heuermann Lecture to explore future of genetically modified animals

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Heuermann Lecture, "Genetically Modified Animals: the Facts, the Fear Mongering, and the Future," will take place Jan. 13 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. Alison Van Eenennaam from the University of California - Davis will speak about the future of genetically modified animals. Learn more.

Save the Date | 2015 Water & Natural Resources Tour

The Nebraska Water Center's 2015 Water and Natural Resources Tour will be June 23-25. Participants will visit the Republican River basin in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. The annual tour examines current water and natural resources issues that are important to water users in Nebraska and surrounding states. Learn more.
APLU Annual Meeting
Roberto Lenton participated in the leadership panel on "Leveraging Partnerships to Solve National and Global Crises" at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Annual Meeting Nov. 2-4 in Orlando, Florida, USA. The meeting is the premier event for public university leaders to exchange ideas with colleagues, learn about the latest challenges and opportunities facing public universities, and develop new ideas and initiatives. Learn more.

Global Harvest Initiative & CSIS Panel
Roberto Lenton participated in a panel discussion hosted by Global Harvest Initiative and the Center for Strategic and International Studies Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. USA. Dr. Lenton and other experts discussed issues of agricultural productivity, sustainability, trade, and the role of science and innovation, with a special focus on recent developments in Indian agriculture. Watch the panel.
Agricultural Productivity, Food Security, and Trade
Agricultural Productivity, Food Security, and Trade Panel

India-U.S. Technology Summit
Tom Clemente, University of Nebraska-Lincoln plant geneticist and Daugherty Water for Food Institute Faculty Fellow, represented the institute at the India-U.S. Technology Summit held Nov. 18-19 in New Dehli. The summit was the first large scale India-U.S. event focused on enhancing engagement in science, technology and innovation. Clemente provided his expertise on the water challenges leadership panel. Learn more.

Call for applicants: Next Generation Delegation
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is seeking agriculture students to join the 2015 Next Generation Delegation. Delegates will attend the upcoming Global Food Security Symposium and connect with leaders in global agriculture. The deadline to apply is Jan. 15. Learn more.

Get involved in World Water Week 2015

Want to be be part of World Water Week next summer? The Stockholm International Water Institute has put out the call for abstracts and event proposals exploring the "Water for Development" theme. Learn more.
Water Current Newsletter
The Nebraska Water Center's fall 2014 newsletter is out! Read online now.
Water Funding Opportunities
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2015
Funding Opportunity #: AID-SOL-OAA-00005
Funding: $500,000 - $2,000,000

Tinker Foundation
Deadline: March 1 and Sept. 15, each year
Funding: Varies with project - previous awards to $1 million

Deadline: March 1, 2015 (for U.S.)
Funding: $2,500 for up to two years, First or second year undergraduate student
Additional funding opportunities may be found at grants.gov, a single access point for individuals to search competitive funding opportunities from more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less pressure on water resources through improved management of water in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world without compromising the use of water for other human and environmental needs.

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