100&Change: 2020

Ensuring Food Security and Climate Resilience through a Food-Energy-Water Solution

Our technology-based solution increases crop yields using less water and renewable energy, alleviating food insecurity, improving health, and building climate resilience in Ethiopia and Nepal.

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Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Food security
Current Work Location
  • Tigray Region, Ethiopia
  • Maryland, United States
  • Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Proposed Work Locations:
  • Pashchimanchal, Nepal
  • Madhyamanchal, Nepal
  • Amhara Region, Ethiopia
Priority Populations:
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of African descent
  • Farmers
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 2. Zero hunger
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 6. Clean water and sanitation
  • 7. Affordable and clean energy
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary:

Globally, 870 million people are food insecure, and climate change is crippling the interconnected water and energy resources that are essential to grow more food. Solutions to increase harvests must address this food-energy-water nexus; however, previous efforts have focused on only one component. To effect change, holistic, local solutions are urgently needed, or food insecurity will surge, decimating impoverished populations. To meet this need, our multinational university and NGO partners collaborate with vulnerable communities in Ethiopia and Nepal, implementing a threefold food-energy-water solution comprising technology- and policy-based interventions; community-driven capacity building; and experiential STEM education. Our low-cost, multisectoral approach includes on-farm implementation of horticultural, water reuse, and renewable energy technologies, and decision-support systems that inform policy frameworks. Our solution increases yields using less water and renewable energy; improves diets and public health; strengthens community-driven empowerment efforts; and can be expanded globally, building climate resilience and sustaining food security for all.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

University of Maryland

website: http://conservewaterforfood.org/
Organization Headquarters
Prince George's County, Maryland, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
> $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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