Irrigation is Key to Ensuring a Global Food Supply

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With the global population expected to top 10 billion by 2050, experts agree that efficient water management will play a critical role in increasing the world’s food supply.

Many of those experts recently gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the seventh annual Water for Food Global Conference. Organized by the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and sponsored in part by Lindsay Corporation, the international conference focused on developing public-private partnerships that could make a lasting impact. 

“The thing I found most interesting was the almost unanimous consensus that irrigation is not only a good thing, but it is a crucial part of feeding the world’s population in the future,” said Steve Melvin, irrigation application specialist at Lindsay Corporation. “The conference is a great forum to bring together people from all over the world to discuss how to best manage the earth’s water for sustainable food production.”

Topics covered during the conference were wide-ranging and included irrigation research and technology to help farmers target water usage and maximize yields.

“The demand for food is increasing each year. So, the fact that irrigation increases the yield most years and stabilizes the yield over wet and dry years, make it an essential part of any food security plan,” Melvin said.

To learn more about the Water for Food Institute and its mission to ensure a water and food secure world, visit