FAFS hosted the launch (November 11) of The Oxford Handbook on Water, Food and Society, co-edited by Assistant Professor Martin Keulertz, FAFS Food Security Program.
Additional editors include Professor Tony Allan of King’s College London and SOAS London, Brendan Bromwich, independent consultant and coordinator of the Food Water Group at King’s College London, and Dr. Anthony Coleman, visiting scientist or research fellow at several institutions, including: Columbia University’s Water Center and Earth Institute, the Future Water Institute, the University of Cape Town, and the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.
Prof. Allan, and Mr. Phil Riddell, special advisor to the minister of water and irrigation in Egypt shared their perspectives regarding a more economically and environmentally sound water supply in arid and semi-arid regions.
During the panel discussion, FAFS’ Dean Mohtar, Dr. Keulertz, Dr. Rami Zurayk, and FAS’ Dr. Tariq Tell described their respective approaches to the challenge of water security and techniques that society can use to achieve a healthier water supply in such regions. Dean Mohtar offered his thoughts regarding the benefits of using green water for irrigation of agricultural crops to improve both the economy and the environment.