Experts in the Field of Food Security

Making sure people around the world have enough food and water – while still protecting the environment – is a significant priority for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. A number of UNL faculty are on the cutting edge of world-wide research into food and water resources.


Wes Peterson teaches courses in world food economics, agricultural development in low-income countries, and international agricultural trade. His research interests are in agricultural trade, economic development, and public policy. Peterson has recently made presentations on the economic implications of Brexit, trade wars, and the market facilitation program (a government program designed to compensate farmers for the negative impacts of Trump’s trade war with China). He is a fellow at the Yeutter Institute at UNL which is a collaboration between agricultural economics, economics (College Of Business), and the Law School that connects academic disciplines related to law, business and agriculture to prepare students for leadership roles in international trade and finance, support interdisciplinary research and increase public understanding of these issues.