Quotes about Too Hot, Too Wet, Too Dry: Building Resilient Agroecosystems – Washington, D.C. – March 20, 2013

“As our global population grows and millions of people improve their diets, it will be critical to increase the efficiency of water use in agriculture production. With innovative solutions and greater adoption of existing technologies, we can meet the food needs of tomorrow while addressing the challenges of climate change.”
—     Claudia Garcia, DVM, Senior Director of Global Corporate Affairs, Elanco; Chairwoman, Global Harvest Initiative Board of Directors

“There is no silver bullet—increasing production isn’t enough to ensure food security and protect ecosystems. We’ll need to think about a range of innovative solutions like curbing food waste (the United States alone wastes 40 percent of its food supply every year), changing diets, growing food on degraded lands, and revising biofuel policies. How quickly we can scale these solutions will dictate whether the world rises to these challenges or succumbs to greater instability.”
—     Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute

“The 2012 drought in the U.S. was the worst in a generation. Now we’re looking ahead to what could be another very tough year for U.S. farmers and ranchers, and the drought will continue to have major implications for agriculture here in the U.S. and abroad. At the National Drought Mitigation Center we are doing a lot of research with the goal of reducing vulnerability to drought, which will ultimately reduce the economic consequences. Events like the one organized by the Global Harvest Initiative and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute are important to bring together stakeholders from across the spectrum who are working to address the challenges of climate change on agriculture.”
—     Mark Svoboda, Climatologist, National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“In Iowa we farm with the rain that falls from the sky each year, and so rainfall predictions are critical to me in planning my seed selection. Last year, we were able to produce a decent crop because the subsoil moisture was pretty good. This year is going to be very different. There is no subsoil moisture for the plants to rely upon, so the rainfall this year will be all we have to work with. Every year I use soil conservation practices which help conserve the soil moisture; I also purchased some seed that is more tolerant to drought for planting this year. Check with me in August and I’ll tell you what kind of year it is going to be.”
—     April Hemmes, Iowa Cattle and Grain Farmer

“Water is one of the most important factors in our ability to feed a growing and increasingly affluent global population. We must apply new practices and technologies as well as ensure that sufficient funding is going into R&D for appropriate innovations. The Global Harvest Initiative is pleased to partner with the Water for Food Institute to bring together a high-level group of experts representing USDA, USAID, Elanco, the National Drought Mitigation Center, John Deere, World Resources Institute, and the American farmer. Their work demonstrates the urgency of addressing the impacts of climate change on global water and food security.”
—     Dr. Margaret Zeigler, Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative

“World Water Day presents an opportunity for serious dialogue about the importance of managing water for food security in the face of climate extremes. The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska focuses on increasing water and food security throughout the world through scientific and policy research and education. With increasing climate variability in the years to come, we must apply what we know from science to develop the means to ensure food security for future generations.”
—     Dr. Roberto Lenton, Founding Executive Director, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska

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