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Sera Young Speaks at Foreign Policy Summit

April 26, 2023

Sera Young spoke at the Foreign Policy Climate Summit about her research on water insecurity. "I would argue that water insecurity has been invisible for a long time because we haven't been measuring it at the level of the human," she said.

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Thought Leaders Gather in Mexico City to Discuss Water and Food Insecurity

April 21, 2023
On April 21 and 22, 2023, Northwestern University hosted a key regional meeting in Mexico City in partnership with Universidad Iberoamericana and Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health to develop a consensus around measurements of food and water insecurity.



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WISE Scales Go to Australia

February 20, 2023

The WISE scales are making an appearance in Australia. Community groups are using the WISE Scales to measure disparities in water insecurity within Australia, and at the Next Water Australia meeting there was great interest in using the scales throughout the country.

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Food and Water Insecurity

February 15, 2023
The connections between experiences with water and food insecurity are now being recognized in the U.S. as well as globally. “We need to build a bridge between those two disciplines," Sera Young said in a recent article that ran in Mother Jones. The only way to truly understand water insecurity, she explained, is to consider people’s lived experiences as clinicians have learned to do with food access.


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Study Demonstrates the Link Between Water Insecurity and Food Insecurity

January 16, 2023
In a 25-country study with FAO, Young and her colleagues demonstrate that experiencing water insecurity is associated with a two to three times greater odds of being moderately-to-severely food insecure. This means that if we care about food security, we must pay attention to water security.