Jan. 26, 2018
Latest news and updates
New Report: The Future of Groundwater in California
The Environmental Defense Fund and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute are excited to share with you the new report, "The Future of Groundwater in California: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Across the West." The report is available here .

Going beyond the typical technical guidance, the report draws upon varied experiences of groundwater management to try to understand what works and what does not. We investigated nine case studies from six western states to present key lessons learned. Ultimately, we uncovered an interesting array of tools and strategies that we think will be a helpful resource for groundwater managers in California as they grapple with implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
Other recent publications
Our 2017 Annual Report, "Local to Global: Developing Solutions and Making Impacts," highlights outcomes and impacts achieved through collaborative initiatives, activities and partnerships.
Our 2017 Water for Food Global Conference report summarizes three days of presentations and discussions focused on “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts.” Read report.
New research examines water pollution from phosphorus
New research co-authored by DWFI post-doctoral researcher Mesfin Mekonnen examines worldwide water pollution from phosphorus. "Global Anthropogenic Phosphorus Loads to Freshwater and Associated Grey Water Footprints and Water Pollution Levels: A High-Resolution Global Study" was published Jan. 24 in AGU's Water Resources Research.
International water research program announces third class
The third wave of Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) fellowship and internship awards have been announced. The program provides Indian students and scientists with advanced water research and mentorship opportunities at the University of Nebraska. New this year, WARI is launched a reciprocal exchange component that enables Nebraska students and early-career faculty to conduct water research in India. On The first Nebraska WARI scholar, David Gosselin, will begin a five-month fellowship earlier this month.
Indonesia looks to Nebraska to address yield gap
Nebraska agronomist Patricio Grassini, a DWFI Faculty Fellow, is working with a team of Indonesian researchers to help identify where significant yield gaps exist using the Global Yield Gap Atlas. The tool can help provide insights about Indonesia’s ability to achieve food self-sufficiency through sustainable agricultural intensification on existing land. Learn more about the project.
Lele named 9th recipient of the M.S. Swaminathan Award
DWFI International Advisory Panel member Uma Lele was recently named the 9th recipient of the M.S. Swaminathan Award, which recognizes her outstanding contributions to the field of agriculture. Her leadership and guidance has been invaluable to the institute. Read Dr. Lele's recent Indian Express editorial on the complex challenges involved in combating malnutrition in India.
Bay named 2017 Midlander of the Year
DWFI founding board member Mogens Bay was named 2017 Midlander of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald. Bay has made a tremendous impact on the Omaha community and beyond through his inspiring civic engagement and generosity. We are fortunate to have his leadership, expertise and challenging questions that push us further toward ensuring a more water and food secure world. Learn more.
On the blog
Water for Food looks to lend a hand, expertise to Kenyan orphanage
In recent years, droughts and limited groundwater resources have strained agriculture in Kenya. DWFI Irrigation Specialist Lameck Odhiambo recently visited Nyumbani Village in Kenya to assess how the institute could contribute to the village farm’s productivity. The farm provides sustenance for some of the poorest and most vulnerable children and families in Kenya — survivors of HIV/AIDS . Read blog.
Nebraska Water Center updates
Spring Seminar Series

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Natural Resources and Nebraska Water Center will host their spring 2018 water and natural resources seminars. This year's lectures are focused on advances in irrigation management.

  • Jan. 31 — Williams Memorial Lecture, Ken Quandt, McCrometer Corporation, “McCrometer Flow Connect: Building on Irrigation Flow Meter Fundamentals”
  • Feb. 14 — DWFI Faculty Fellow Trenton Franz, hydrogeophysicist, School of Natural Resources, “Spatiotemporal Prediction of Soil Properties and States in Variably Saturated Landscapes”
  • Feb. 28 — DWFI Faculty Fellow Daran Rudnick, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Performance of Tools and Technologies for Scheduling Irrigation and Fertigation in Western Nebraska”
  • March 14 — Kremer Memorial Lecture, Kurtis Charling, Lindsay Corporation, “Using Proven Science, Research, and Big Data to Simplify and Optimize Irrigation Management”
  • April 4 — DWFI Faculty Fellow Derek Heeren, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Variable Rate Irrigation: Potential Benefits, Limitations, and Management Practices”
  • April 18 — Xin Qiao, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, “Irrigation Management in Western Nebraska and Future Opportunities”

Seminar videos and speaker PowerPoint presentations will be posted online.
2018 Water Tour heads west to Colorado and Wyoming

The Nebraska Water Center’s water and natural resources tour, June 26-29, will travel west along the North Platte River basin in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming this summer. The tour will feature a visit to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s North Platte irrigation project in Wyoming, as well as points of interest in Colorado and Nebraska. Registration updates will be posted at watercenter.unl.edu.
Faculty Fellows in the news
Edgar Cahoon, p lant geneticist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Haishun Yang, crop and ecosystem modeler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Daniel Schachtman, plant molecular physiologist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Trenton Franz, hydrogeophysicist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Daran Rudnick, irrigation/water management specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Upcoming events
Water for Food International Forum
Jan. 29-30, 2018

DWFI and the World Bank, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, will convene the first-ever Water for Food International Forum, “Farmer-led Irrigated Agriculture: Seeds of Opportunity” , on Jan. 29-30, at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA.

The forum will focus on improving water and food security and livelihoods for smallholder farmers in developing countries by intensifying sustainable irrigated agriculture. Presenters and participants will explore the investments needed to develop and support an enabling environment for enhanced agricultural production. Our goal is to strengthen existing initiatives and foster new partnerships between national and international government organizations, private and public-sector investors, academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. Conference participants will contribute to a declaration of support for working collaboratively to ensure water and food security and sustainability through improved water management. Additionally, outputs will include a summary report and contribution to the high level panel on water for food at the 2018 World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil.

Videos of the sessions will be available shortly after the event. We invite you to join the conversation online during the forum using #water4food. Find us on Twitter: @waterforfood and @worldbankwater . Download the event app here .
Funding and other opportunities
Aziz Galvao da Silva, Jr.
Visiting Research Scholar

Aziz Galvao da Silva, Junior’s main research, outreach and teaching interests are farm management, agribusiness and sustainable agricultural production. He coordinates extension projects on rural finance, biofuels and regional development involving small scale farmers in Brazil and other Latin American countries. He works with European and Latin American organizations on applied research and outreach projects regarding livestock and grain production sustainability.

Aziz joined DWFI as visiting scholar in July 2017 under the scope of the project, “Water Sustainability in Western Bahia, Brazil: Basic Studies and Definition of Water Availability for Irrigated Agriculture” , which is supported by the AIBA Association and Bahia State Government.  His main objectives are to analyze and propose functioning water monitoring and management systems for the western region of Bahia as part of a long-term partnership between Nebraska and Brazil.

Aziz holds a doctorate in farm management from the University of Bonn in Germany, a master’s degree in rural economics and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil. He conducted postdoctoral research on agricultural sustainability at the Food Net Center in Bonn, Germany. He is an associate professor at the Rural Economics Department of the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil.
About us
The Robert B. Daugherty 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 with less stress on water resources through improved water management in agricultural and food systems. The institute is committed to ensuring a water and food secure world while maintaining the use of water for other human and environmental needs. 
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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.
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