The University of Nebraska announced a $50 million founding gift from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation to support a new global Water for Food Institute. The gift, one of the largest in the university’s history, will create a multi-campus center for research, education and policy analysis relating to use of water for agriculture. The institute will be housed in Whittier, eventually at the new Innovation Campus.

Water for food is one of the top priorities identified by the University of Nebraska in its $1.2 billion Campaign for Nebraska.

NU President James B. Milliken said the gift allows the university to become a global resource for developing solutions to the challenges of hunger, poverty, agricultural productivity and water management. It will provide opportunities for regional, national and international partnerships and collaborations with other public and private institutions around the world, opportunities for research fellows and student fellowship programs, and in addition to research, support key areas and support for conference, workshops and educational activities that share those research results.

Daugherty was the founder of Valmont Industries Inc.

SOURCE: University of Nebraska.