Farmer-led Irrigation is Focus of Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

Over 200 attendees from around the world are gathered in Washington D.C. this week to focus on opportunities for farmer-led irrigated agriculture for small holder farmers in developing countries. The international forum is being produced jointly by the World Bank and the Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. “This forum is really is a culmination of …

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Former Sen. Johanns at #Water4Food

Cindy Zimmerman

After 30 years of public service as a governor, ag secretary and senator, Mike Johanns is now enjoying the private life while still advocating for agriculture. One of his passions is serving on the board of the Water for Food Daugherty Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and he helped to open the forum in Washington D.C. this week …

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World Bank Welcomes Water for Food Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

The Water for Food International Forum, produced by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and The World Bank, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development, is being this week at The World Bank in Washington DC. “Farmer-led irrigated agriculture – Seeds of Opportunity” is …

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Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The directors of the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency yesterday presented the state’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Biennial Report at the Farm Progress Show. This report describes actions taken in Illinois during the last two years to reduce nutrient losses and influence positive changes in nutrient loads over time. Illinois’ Strategy is one of numerous other …

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NCGA Moves Forward with Farmer Success

Kelly Marshall

It should be noted that the efforts of growers to create healthier soils and cleaner water are having an impact, which is why the National Corn Growers Association is taking that momentum forward. Last week the staff of the NCGA in Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio met to learn more about the balance between …

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A Little Lesson on the Water Markets

Jamie Johansen

Mammoth Trading’s President, Richael Young sat on a panel during the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference called, “Drought, Water Risk and the Context for Water Markets.” Drought risk management was positioned as a focal point as panelists discussed the water transaction outlook, water policy trends and the role of public versus private investment in water markets. Mammoth Trading develops …

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Moving Africa from Rain-Fed to Irrigated Farming

Jamie Johansen

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher, at first wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. A Fullbright scholarship took him to Africa for a year to look for the potential use of technology and engineering in development. That one year turned in to 17 years in Kenya. Martin presented his case study at …

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Expanding Africa’s Access to Ag Technology

Lizzy Schultz

Another session at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference was “Upscaling Solutions: Expanding access to irrigation for smallholders in sub­-Saharan Africa.” This session explored how public and private sector investors can support smallholder-irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve greater yield gains and improve livelihoods. The presentation included a whitepaper synthesis of case studies relevant to this topic. One …

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2017 #Water4Food is a Wrap

Cindy Zimmerman

Based on the theme that global breakthroughs come from local action, the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference was successful in bringing that perspective to water and food security issues. “Agriculture and water wherever you are in your locality, it’s going to be different,” said Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute executive director Peter McCornick. “But many of the factors …

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Water Plays Role in Food Security Initiatives

Lizzy Schultz

One of the plenary speakers at the 2017 Water for Food Conference was Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development. Bertram has served as a key adviser on a range of technical and programmatic issues to advance global food security and nutrition. He leads U.S. Agency for International Development’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, …

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