What Natural Disasters Could Mean for Water, Agriculture and Health – Webinar
What Natural Disasters Could Mean for Water, Agriculture and Health
Friday, December 13
10-11:30 am PT / 1-2:30 pm ET
1 hour webinar immediately followed by 30 min. funders-only conversation.
Moderator: Jeff Willett, Vice President for Programs, Kansas Health Foundation
Natural disasters have devastating impacts on communities across the world. This webinar is the second of two focused on water, health and agriculture. Our speakers will discuss various natural disasters, what these have meant or could mean for farmers, food security, environmental and human health. Each talk will also touch on potential ways to to mitigate some of the associated problems.
Jillian Fry, Project Director – Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), will discuss industrial food animal production (IFAP) and human health concerns related to waste management and flooding. Her remarks will outline this issue from the standpoint of the continuous risks posed to human health due to IFAP and the increased risks caused by strong storms and flooding events.
Matteo Convertino, Assistant Professor in Public Health and Engineering in Medicine at University of Minnesota Twin-Cities, will discuss the how mathematical models can be used to understand, quantify, and manage transdisciplinary issues such as how water, human health and agriculture are all interrelated. He will give specific examples of recent research about the Greater Everglades and the Cameroon Far North socio-ecological systems and use these to outline the concept of “One Health”– how human health and the environment are intertwined and how we can quantify this non-linear linkage bringing together large scale socio-ecological information and individual information.
Susan Stover, P.G., Manager, High Plains Issues, Kansas Water Office will discuss about how drought is impacting Kansas, with the focus on water users of the High Plains aquifer, innovative state approaches to managing declining water within agricultural communities, and some of the policy changes that are needed at the federal level to support such efforts on the ground.