Soil, Water, Energy and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

Daniel Hillel

Monday, 15 Oct 2012 at 8:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Daniel Hillel has been named the 2012 World Food Prize Laureate for developing and implementing micro-irrigation systems to deliver water more efficiently to crops in dry lands. For more than fifty years these precision watering systems have revolutionized agriculture in the Middle East and other arid regions around the world, allowing producers to maximize water resources, increase crop yields, and minimize environmental degradation. Trained as a soil physicist, Daniel Hillel emphasizes the inter-connectedness of food production, water management, and soil science in his work. The World Bank, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, and the U.S. Agency for International Development have promoted his techniques globally. He is currently a research scientist at Columbia University's Earth Institute and is working on the adaptation of agriculture to climate change in association with NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 2012 Norman Borlaug Lecture and part of the World Affairs Series.

A reception and student poster display will precede the lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Room, Memorial Union. Posters will address world food issues and are submitted by undergraduate and graduate students.
The poster competition is funded by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Human Sciences, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Cosponsored By:
  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
  • College of Human Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Nutritional Sciences Council
  • Office of the President
  • Plant Sciences Institute
  • World Affairs
  • World Food Prize Foundation
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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