World Affairs Council Inland Southern California
invites our participants
to this critically important half-day forum
International Affairs Forum: Exploring Sustainable Solutions
for Global Food and Water Insecurity
November 8, 2018
1:00 – 5:30 pm
UCR 900 University Avenue, Riverside
Highlander Union Bldg. Room 269
Limited WAC parking available in Lot 1 - inquire at the entry kiosk
See campus map: http://campusmap.ucr.edu/
This program is free
Reserve your space today at
In 2015, a United Nations report projected the world’s population would reach 9.7 billion people by the year 2050. Another UN 2016 report estimated that 108 million people suffer from severe food insecurity, a 35% jump over the year prior. Further exacerbating this problem is increased water scarcity, which affects four out of every 10 people. Issues of food and water insecurity transcend national borders as problems that affect all living organisms on planet Earth, making a global call for immediate action paramount.
At the International Affairs Forum, engaged participants will discuss how using technology and building bridges across various communities of teachers, researchers, and businesses are key components to addressing global food and water insecurity. This half-day conference will provide a meaningful platform for international dialogue and will connect students with innovative faculty, researchers, and businesses who are seeking solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.
Marty Kress, Executive Director of the Global Water Institute at Ohio State University
Featured presentations include:
"The Cowpea Story: From Lab to Our Dinner Plate"
Kurt E. Anderson
"Assessing Ecological Integrity Under Climate Change Scenarios in the Santa Ana River"
Ariel Dinar with graduate students Amanda Tieu and Helen Huynh
"Global Food Security: Too Many People, Too Little Water?"
Devang Mehta (skyping in from Canada)
"A career in academic science: a genetic engineer's perspective"
Gustavo Plascencia, UCR Dining Services "UCR Food Recovery for R'Pantry"