Wednesday, December 7, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
NGWA and the Irrigation Association announce Peter G. McCornick, Ph.D., PE, D.WRE, an internationally known expert in water, food, and environmental research, as the featured speaker for the joint keynote session at their 2016 colocated shows — Groundwater Week and the Irrigation Show.
“Water for Food Security: Solutions for the Context” is the focus of the address by McCornick, who will be assuming the role of executive director of the Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska September 1.
Drawing on insights gleaned from his work in Africa and Asia, as well as the United States, McCornick’s presentation will consider the different contexts of the water-for-food challenge, and explore some of the potential solutions and opportunities to systematically address the challenges. Particular emphasis will be given to agricultural water management solutions, in terms of technologies, practices and policies, and to the opportunities to address the sustainability of critical groundwater resources.
“Food and water security are two major interrelated challenges facing the world. Producing enough food for a growing, urbanizing, and wealthier human population requires increasing the use of water and land, placing more pressure on already degraded ecosystems, especially if we do not manage the use of these resources well,” McCornick states.
Dedicated to improving the understanding of sustainable water resources management, McCornick has led research and development programs on water, agriculture, and the environment in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. His interest areas include water and food security, the water/food/energy nexus, water reuse, irrigation management, and water and climate adaptation. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, and regularly presents at major international events.