The global challenge of sustainably producing enough food with limited water was the focus of a recent Indo-US joint workshop in Chennai, India. The conference was co-organized by the University of Nebraska’s Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), India-based nonprofit organization, and sponsored by the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum March 4-6.
The workshop generated coverage in The Times of India and The Hindu.
The workshop, “Critical Global Challenges: Managing Water Resources for Food Security and Sustainability,” included Arabina Mitra, executive director of the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum; M.S. Swaminathan, agricultural scientist and chair of the MSSRF; Ajay Parida, executive director of MSSRF; and James B. Milliken, University of Nebraska president; and Ronnie Green, vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Presenters included University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty members.
In addition to Milliken and Green, Nebraska’s delegation included Derrel Martin and Suat Irmak, biological systems engineering; John Gates, earth and atmospheric sciences; Ed Cahoon, Center for Plant Science Innovation; Sandy Zellmer, College of Law; Mike Zeleny, Office of Research and Economic Development; and Robert Meaney, senior vice president, Valmont Industries.