Liz Holzer: Improving Water and Food Security in Ethiopia through Research

Check out a recent article by the United Nations titled “Improving Water and Food Security in Ethiopia through Research” where they discuss the recent works of Water and Food Security, Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project, with the help of Associate Professor of Sociology and Human Rights, Elizabeth Holzer, who is also one of the leaders of this project.


The Water and Food Security PIRE project aims to improve agricultural productivity and water management in low-income agricultural communities in the Blue Nile Basin, in northeast Africa. The main goal is to provide accurate seasonal predictions on farm-scale water availability and the corresponding crop yields during both wet and dry seasons. Local communities rely on the Blue Nile Basin to sustain their crops and in turn sustain themselves, but rainfall and water levels in the area can be unpredictable, causing crop failure and food shortages.