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Maryland: Proposal Among Top 100 for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

A University of Maryland proposal is among the top 100 highest scoring proposals in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.

More than 870 million people are food insecure worldwide, and climate change is crippling the water and energy resources needed to grow more food. Solutions to increase harvests must address these complex connections between food, energy and water, yet previous efforts have focused largely on only one component.

“Our holistic solution increases yields using less water and energy, improves nutrition and public health, strengthens communities and can be expanded globally,” said Dr. Sapkota, co-principal investigator of the proposal and a professor of environmental health in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. “Our goal is to effect sustainable change at the local level.” 

The proposal is an initiative of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health a unique multinational university and NGO alliance comprised of the University of Maryland, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), CultivAid (Ethiopia), Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia), Kathmandu University (Nepal), the Environment and Public Health Organization (Nepal) and the Arava Institute (Israel). 

“The Global Alliance demonstrates the University of Maryland’s growing work across schools, colleges and international partnerships to create innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges,” said Dr. Ross Lewin, the University of Maryland’s associate vice-president of international affairs. “This is an exciting recognition of the power and potential of global collaboration in higher education.”

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