2016 Water for Food Global Conference

Water for Food Global Conference will focus on public-private partnerships to achieve water, food security

Registration is open now for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. The conference will be held April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. A discount of $100 is available to those who register on or before March 18. Conference details, including how to register, are available at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2016/.

The conference brings together experts from around the world to discuss advances in science, technology and policy to help address one of the most urgent challenges of the 21st century: how to achieve greater food security with less pressure on water resources.

This year’s theme is “Catalytic Collaborations: Building Public-Private Partnerships for Water and Food Security,” focusing on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships (PPPs) in water for food research, technology and project development.

The conference features a mix of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, side events and workshops representing different voices in PPPs. There will also be various special events to facilitate networking among participants, including a workshop on smallholder irrigation in Africa co-convened with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and KickStart; the world premiere of “Thirsty Land,” a documentary feature film; a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music.


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The previous conference in Seattle, Washington attracted more than 250 practitioners, scholars, farmers and thought leaders from 23 countries. This year, the conference will return to Nebraska.

Roberto Lenton, founding executive director of the Water for Food Institute, said the international event is a key part of the institute’s efforts to provide educational outreach and facilitate partnerships beyond Nebraska.

“We look forward to holding the conference at Nebraska Innovation Campus for the first time, as well as hearing perspectives from speakers from around the globe who represent important facets of public-private partnerships, including those from NGOs, governmental groups, philanthropy, industry and academia,” he said. “The event provides an excellent forum to bring together diverse voices and to help catalyze change.”

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference by visiting http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2016/ and following the institute on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

Generous support for the 2016 conference is provided by the Robert. B. Daugherty Foundation, the University of Nebraska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Rachael Herpel at rherpel@nebraska.edu or (+1) 402.472.4977.


2016 Water for Food Global Conference Video