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Project Overview

How do relationships between scientists, farmers, water managers, and authorities influence the production, dissemination, and outcome of new scientific knowledge? This project establishes an international research and education partnership to promote a political-institutional model of science that links sociological and engineering methods in a people-centered approach to the human-climate-water-agriculture-energy nexus in the Blue Nile basin (BNB), Ethiopia.

The project is a multi-year collaborative endeavor that will run from 2016 to 2021. By the end of the project, the research team will have crafted state-of-the-art tools to help smallholder farmers make practical decisions about water, crops, and fertilizers and ultimately gain more secure access to food and water in the face of increasingly challenging climatic extremes.

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Project Goals

The UConn PIRE project brings people and resources together across disciplinary, cultural, and geographical boundaries to promote knowledge-driven and rights-based interventions that enhance food and water security in vulnerable settings. We promote a political-institutional model of science that links sociological and engineering methods for a people-centered approach. Our political-institutional approach integrates graduate and undergraduate education, professional training, and community outreach into the research program to develop the human capital and social connections between all stakeholders—scientists, farmers, policymakers and students in the United States and in Ethiopia. The project achieves its objectives through:

Provision of superior quality seasonal forecast information at a scale relevant to local farmers and water resource managers — Learn More

Identifying political-institutional barriers that influence the uptake of new forecast information — Learn More

Training a new generation of global expert that constitute competitive international workforce — Learn More


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Updates from the field in Ethiopia: Social science research in the time of COVID

Recently, UConn PhD students, Ezana Atsbeha and Selam Negatu, returned from Ethiopia after lengthy ethnographic data collection. Here are some highlig . . .

Published: Nov 01, 2020

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Research Amidst Covid-19: How NSF-PIRE Students Are Coping

In March 2020, the Water & Food Security PIRE was in its fourth year developing and communicating seasonal forecasts with our communities in Ethio . . .

Published: Jul 11, 2020

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Interview with Sarah Alexander and Ezana Atsbeha

As we have emerged into the third year of the project, with two wet season and a dry season forecast, UConn Sociology graduate student, Faith Curry, h . . .

Published: Jun 06, 2020

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Contact us

Prof. Emmanouil Anagnostou

Principal Investigator, Water and Food Security PIRE
Director, Eversource Energy Center
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut
Email: manos@uconn.edu


Kristen Kirksey

Project Manager, Water and Food Security PIRE
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut
Email: kristen.kirksey@uconn.edu

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