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WFI releases new publications
2016 Annual Report
Now in its sixth year, the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (WFI) continues to make progress in leveraging the University of Nebraska's expertise to address one of the biggest challenges of our time: ensuring a water and food secure world for future generations. The new report highlights the institute's impacts on global water and food security through collaborative initiatives and partnerships. Read the report.

WFI 2016 Annual Report

Proceedings of the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference
The proceedings from the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference, held in association with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, are available now. The report summarizes three days of presentations and discussions surrounding the theme, "Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security." Read the report.
Videos of the conference sessions have been archived on YouTube.

Other news and updates
WFI shares its expertise at the 2nd World Irrigation Forum
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WFI represented the University of Nebraska at the 2016 World Irrigation Forum, hosted by the Thai National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, in Chiang Mai, Nov. 6-12. The event was focused on "Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production."

Executive Director Peter McCornick was invited to deliver a keynote presentation, "Securing Water and Food: Opportunities in Irrigation." WFI also convened two side events: "SE7 GeoSmart Technologies for Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage," co-sponsored with Geospatial Media, and "SE8 Key and Smart Technologies for Irrigation and Drainage to Reduce Poverty and Hunger."

These side events included presentations by Peter McCornick, Director of Research Christopher Neale, Faculty Fellow Derek Heeren and Global Fellow Wim Bastiaanssen (not pictured). The event was a great opportunity to make new connections with global partners and showcase Nebraska's strengths in irrigation. View photos.
WFI participates in drought management discussions in Jordan
MENA project Jordan Stakeholder Meeting
Director of Research Christopher Neale (pictured far left) and colleagues from UNL and the National Drought Mitigation Center, among other global partners, worked to develop the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Drought Management System project. The stakeholder engagement forum was held Oct. 23-24 in Amman, Jordan. See photos.
WFI's student support grantees contribute valuable research
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In 2015-2016, WFI awarded a total of $112,000 to seven Faculty Fellows through the second year of its student and postdoctoral support program. These grants provided stipends to seven graduate students working on projects that contribute to a more water and food secure world. To learn more about the work of these masters and doctoral students, visit their profiles on our website.
New grad course focuses on water's role in global food security
GLobal Water and Food Seminar Course
The new Global Water and Food seminar course at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BSEN 492/892) will help give graduate students a better understanding of the scientific and practical aspects of water's role in food security and global development - from smallholder farming in Africa to high-efficiently agricultural production in the High Plains. The course will be co-taught by WFI Founding Executive Director and UNL professor Roberto Lenton and WFI Director of Policy Nick Brozovic. It is open to undergraduate students with permission from instructors. Download syllabus.
On the blog

Thigesh Vather
University of Nebraska research puts VRI on the map
A new VRI mapping tool, created by WFI Faculty Fellow Derek Heeren and his team, is now available to help producers estimate potential pumping reductions and cost savings. Read blog.
Cosmic ray technology draws South African student to Nebraska
Thigesh Vather, a visiting student from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, conducted agricultural research using the cosmic ray probe technology at the University of Nebraska. Read blog.
WFI hosts national agricultural water management meeting
WFI hosted W310, a national meeting of water resource economists, to help foster collaboration and share research on agricultural water management. Read blog.
Fellows in the news

Mary Willis
Don Wilhite
Wilhite recieves 2016 Lincoln-Lancaster County Environmental Leadership Award. Learn more.
Roch Gaussoin
Gaussoin appointed to national USDA advisory board. Learn more.
Mary Willis
Willis named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Learn more.

Grassini Indonesia
Tim Foster
Patricio Grassini
Grassini participates in the 3rd Indonesia-US Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Nov. 15.
Ken Cassman & Mehmet Can Vuran
Cassman and Vuran named "Highly Cited Researchers" for 2016. Learn more.
Tim Foster
Foster helps launch new open-source tool for agricultural water management. Learn more.
Nebraska Water Center updates
Winter 2016 newsletter now available
NWC Water Current Winter 2016
For more information about Water Current, contact Steve Ress, NWC communications coordinator, (+1) 402.472.9549. 

Save the Dates!
The 2017 Water and Natural Resources Tour will be June 27-29. The summer tour will delve into surface and groundwater issues in the Platte River basin. Please mark your calendar if you're interested in participating.
Upcoming events
Nebraska Conservation Summit | Dec. 7
WFI staff look forward to participating in the 2016 Nebraska Conservation Summit, Dec. 7 at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The event is organized annually by the Nebraska League of Conservation Voters. WFI will lead a panel discussion on "Climate Change, Food Security and Agricultural Production."  Learn more.
Save the Dates!
2017 Water for Food Global Conference | April 10-12
The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference will be April 10-12 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. We invite you to join us as we explore, "Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts." Together with our partners in academia, non-profit organizations, government agencies and private industry, we'll share best practices, innovations and lessons learned that can help improve water and food productivity. More event details will be announced in January. Learn more.
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Funding opportunities  
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Deadline: Jan. 13
Learn more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Research and Development; National Center for Environmental Research
Part of the Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program
Deadline: Feb. 10
Learn more
Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam, postdoctoral researcher
Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam
Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam joined the Nebraska Water Center as a postdoctoral researcher in June. His research is related to groundwater level modelling and groundwater recharge estimation, with a focus on understanding and precisely estimating hydrological components, such as evapotranspiration and groundwater recharge in the agro-hydrological zone using numerical, remote sensing and GIS tools. His current project work includes modelling the transport of chemicals and pesticides in soil and developing the spatial leachability index mapping for the state of Nebraska. Read full biography.

About Us
The Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska was founded in 2010 by the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation to address the global challenge of achieving food security w less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food sithystems. It is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs.  

The Nebraska Water Center, established by Congress in 1964, focuses on helping the University of Nebraska become an international leader in water research, teaching, extension and outreach by facilitating programs that will result in UNL becoming a premiere institution in the study of agricultural and domestic water use.