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Support the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

Support the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

Every day, nearly a billion people in the world do not have enough safe and nutritious food to lead healthy and active lives. Many of them also lack access to enough clean water to meet their needs. By 2050, our global food demand will double to meet the needs of nearly 10 billion people, making water and food security one of the most urgent global challenges of our time.  

Nebraska is fortunate to have one of the most progressive and prosperous agricultural industries in the world thanks to the blessings of our natural resources, the ingenuity and hard work of our farmers and the research leadership of the University of Nebraska. The Robert B. Daugherty Foundation selected NU to harness this winning combination for a new institute focused on ensuring water and food security for our growing world. The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) was founded in 2010 to leverage the university’s expertise and extend it with strong state, national and international partnerships.

The institute’s impact is achieved through the work of its talented staff, more than 100 faculty and global fellows, post-doctoral researchers and students in a wide variety of fields who pursue projects focused on increasing water and agricultural productivity. Additionally, the institute includes the 50+ years of experience at the Nebraska Water Center and the Water Sciences Laboratory, and benefits from the expertise of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a system-wide institute, DWFI taps the specialized resources available at all four NU campuses, including the College of Public Health within the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. DWFI also collaborates with other universities, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies around the world to address issues on a global scale.

Through research and policy development, education and communication, the institute is enhancing knowledge, fostering future water and food security leaders and developing effective techniques to sustainably manage water and increase food security.


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C.K. Duryea

C.K. Duryea

Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute
402-472-5706 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
ck.duryea@nufoundation.org
A Nebraska native, C.K. holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She served as director of planned giving at the University of Nebraska Foundation from 2000 – 2003 and returned to the foundation team in 2017 with extensive experience in philanthropy, higher education, and issue-based fundraising. C.K. focuses on securing support for the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.
Lori Byrne

Lori Byrne

Executive Vice President of Advancement and Campaign Director
402-502-4920 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
lori.byrne@nufoundation.org
Lori has been with the foundation since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Lori enjoys her time at the foundation because she has the privilege of working with some of the most successful, yet humble human beings who believe in higher education and its power to transform lives and our community.
 

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Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute Fund

Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute

Professor Goeke, and others in the school of natural resources, are working on increasing crop production with less water, protecting water from degradation by agriculture, industry, animal and other contaminants, and establishing principles for water use at regional, national and global levels.