Water for Food conference is May 5-8

Recent years have seen major droughts, floods and extreme temperatures affecting vast areas of the globe, including some of its most productive agricultural regions. Experts from around the world will discuss those challenges during the 2013 Water for Food Conference May 5-8 in Lincoln.

The conference theme is “Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems.” Events will be at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, 333 S. 13th St.

Hosted by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the fifth annual conference will include plenary addresses by Benedito Braga, president, World Water Council; Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan; Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Christo Fabricius, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa; and Heidi Cullen, Climate Central.

Registration, available at http://waterforfood.nebraska.edu/wff2013/, is free for all UNL faculty, staff and students.

The annual Water for Food Conference brings together experts from around the globe to discuss one of the greatest challenges facing our world today: How can we double our agricultural production by 2050 to feed an expected population of 9 billion people and do it using less water than we use today?

Since 2009 more than 1,300 people from 28 countries including farmers, scientists, policy-makers, students, educators, politicians, conservationists, industry leaders and philanthropists have gathered to discuss how innovations in science, technology and policy will enable agriculture to sustainably feed an increasingly hungry and thirsty world.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/b4i