ACES International Lecture features Lenton to highlight water insecurity on April 17

ACES International Lecture features Lenton to highlight water insecurity on April 17

Apr 14
Leslie Sweet Myrick, Office of International Programs Media Communications Specialist

Since its inception in 2002, the ACES International Lecture series brings distinguished speakers to discuss international experiences and issues at the University of Illinois. Keeping with this tradition, this semester’s lecture on April 17 will feature one of the world’s foremost experts in water management and development, Dr. Roberto Lenton, who serves as the founding executive director of the Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska.

Water scarcity is a growing constraint on production and an increasing source of conflict around the world, so the Lenton lecture is extremely timely. Agriculture now consumes 70 percent of the world’s freshwater resources and up to 90 percent of India and China’s freshwater resources. Not surprisingly considering these percentages, the quantity of water is insufficient to sustain current rates of use in many regions of the world, and poor water quality frequently contributes to losses in human and environmental health.  

A citizen of Argentina with degrees from the University of Buenos Aires and MIT, Dr. Lenton is a co-author of Applied Water Resources Systems and a co-editor of Health, Dignity and Development: What will it take?–the final report of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation, which he co-chaired. He has worked for the World Bank, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the United Nations Development Programme.  

Lenton’s Water for Food Institute is “committed to ensuring a water and food secure world without compromising the use of water for other human and environmental needs.”

Positioned as another global leader in this arena, the College of ACES shares the same goals as Lenton and his institute in combating issues of water insecurity, using interdisciplinary and international collaborations to find innovative ways to solve real-world problems.

We in OIP look forward to hearing Lenton’s insights, gained over his more than 40 years of experience, on water, food, and international development. Please join us at noon this coming Thursday in the College of ACES Library’s Heritage Room to learn more about this critical topic.   


Dr. Roberto Lenton