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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 2006

WATER SUSTAINABILITY IN DESERT AGRICULTURE

Water Agriculture Desert

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research, Education & Economics Information System (REEIS)

Titre : WATER SUSTAINABILITY IN DESERT AGRICULTURE

Identification : CALE-2010-01739

Pays : Etats Unis

Durée : Sep 1, 2010 à Aug 31, 2015

Domaine : israel ; water reuse ; internship ; postsecondary ; curriculum ; desert agricultures ; ustainable agriculture

Partenaire : UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE RIVERSIDE,CA 92521

Objectifs
Through the USDA International Science and Education Program we seek to establish an international, interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration leading to innovative approaches for management of water for agricultural uses, essential both in Israel and the US. The effort will link faculty and graduate students at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in the Departments of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Environmental Sciences (ENSC) and BGU in the Departments of Desalination, Hydrology and Microbiology, and Drylands Agriculture through student internships, faculty workshops, collaborative research, and instructional and curricular exchanges. Ben Gurion University (BGU) has a number of research institutes specializing in desert issues as part of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research in Sede Boqer, Israel. One of these institutes, the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research (ZIWR), has a particular mission to carry out interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and graduate education in water sciences, aimed at improving human well-being in drylands through technologies and policies for sustainable use of water resources. The ZIWR has a dynamic, multi-disciplinary faculty and graduate student population addressing desert water issues through desalination, hydrology, and environmental microbiology. The specific objectives of the program are : 1. Providing hands-on experience and exposure for students and faculty to Israel’s water management and agricultural research and practices through short visits (faculty) and extended stays (students) ; 2. Sharing curricular materials for graduate course development to enhance the international content of existing courses at both UCR and BGU ; and 3. Disseminating information on effective practices to UC Extension personnel and interested stakeholders in the US. It is our intention that this project will not only result in a more informed scientific and engineering community at UCR and beyond, but also lead to international relationship building and ongoing collaboration extending past the grant period. Countries such as the US have a lot to learn from these proactive engineering and management approaches. Issues of effective water management and quality are universal, particularly in desert regions, and we have an enormous amount to learn from our Israeli colleagues.

Présentation : USDA

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