Ku McMahan of the Securing Water for Food Program joins us to discuss the program, its origins, mission and impact on developing countries. Ku masterfully the program roots as a partnership among U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the government of Sweden and the government of the Netherlands. He also discusses how the program fosters innovation in the water-agriculture nexus and how the program currently is undergoing a third call for innovations that can help those in developing countries use water more efficiently for agriculture, implement water capture and storage solutions, and deal with increased soil salinity issues.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- The origins of the Securing Water for Food Program
- The partnership between USAID, the governments of Sweden and the Netherlands for the Securing Water for Food Program
- The mission of the Securing Water for Food Program
- How the Securing Water for Food Program promotes innovation in the water-agriculture nexus space
- The Program’s Third Call for Innovations, which are due on May 22nd
- The innovations of some prior awardees of the Program
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Securing Water for Food
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- World Water Week
- Wikipedia entry on soil salinity
- International Center for Biosaline Agriculture
- Reel Gardening
- Trans-Africa Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO)
- Desal Prize Winners
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