Registration for the 2016 Water for Food Global Conference ends April 18. Organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, the international event will be held April 24-26 at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The conference brings together experts from around the world for three days 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,” and will focus on the powerful impact that can be achieved through public-private partnerships in water for food research, technology and project development.
Registration fees through April 18:
Regular registration: $550
Discounted registration for any university-affiliated faculty and staff: $250 (Enter discount code UNIVERSITY on the registration confirmation page)
Discounted registration for any university-affiliated students: $150 (Enter discount code FELLOWSTUDENT2016 on the registration confirmation page)
The conference features more than 60 speakers representing different voices in public-private partnerships – established corporations, emerging startups, government organizations, NGOs and academic researchers, among others. There will also be various special events, including a workshop on smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa co-convened with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and KickStart International in partnership with the CGIAR Research Program in Water, Land and Ecosystems; the world premiere of the documentary film “Thirsty Land;” a student poster competition; photography competition and exhibit; farm-to-table dinner and closing reception with live music.
The diverse line-up of speakers includes global thought leaders in water and food security issues. Former water czar Pat Mulroy will provide perspectives on partnership in water resource management, drawing on her decades of experience leading the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority. International development expert Melissa D. Ho of the Millennium Challenge Corporation will address the challenges and opportunities in achieving food security in Africa. Richard L. Sandor, a financial innovator known as the “father of financial futures,” will discuss issues related to water and carbon trading. Sally Rockey of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research will highlight new ways of thinking about public-private partnerships and how to leverage collaboration to drive innovation in the food and agriculture sectors.
For more information, including registration for the event, click here.
The plenary sessions will be streamed live on our website and all sessions will be archived on our YouTube channel after the conference.
Generous support for the 2016 conference is provided by the Robert. B. Daugherty Foundation, the University of Nebraska, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Syngenta, Lindsay Corporation, Senninger Irrigation, Inc. and the Nebraska Corn Board.