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Water and Food Security: Can We Do Better?

Water and Food Security: Can We Do Better?

December 18, 2018

Desert & Water Research

SoundCloud — Prof. Noam Weisbrod, director of BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, presents his lecture “Water and Food Security in Israel and Beyond: Can We Do Better?” before a round-table audience at Temple Chai in Phoenix, Arizona.

The world, stimulated by population growth, climate instability, desertification, and rising lifestyles, is facing severe water and food security problems that are getting worse every year.

“In 30 years, 45 percent of the world population will be living in countries chronically short on water,” says Prof. Weisbrod. That’s more than 4 billion people.

Facing these issues from its inception, Israel – as a young country constructed on drylands – has been forced to become creative and dynamic in finding ecologically smart solutions.

Today, scientists at BGU, located in the southern Negev desert of Israel, are developing game-changer technologies that are able to enrich desert farming, harness solar energy, recycle water, and much more.

This 60-minute podcast with Prof. Weisbrod explores how BGU has become a trailblazer in the field of water and desert research and proposes solutions that can impact not just Israel, but the world.