The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) works towards environmentally benign, scalable solutions for water and food systems across a range of regional, social, and economic contexts by incubating technologies and fostering innovative regional collaborations.


J-WAFS Director John Lienhard Named #4 in Top 25 Global Water Leaders List

In growing recognition of MIT’s significant contributions to innovation in the water sector, MIT professor and J-WAFS director John Lienhard was the only academic on the annual list of the top 25 thought leaders in the global water sector just announced by Water and Wastewater International (WWi)...

J-WAFS-funded innovators join Forbes’ 2018 “Encyclopedia of creative disruption”

Forbes Magazine recently announced their 2018 “30 under 30” lists, which include over 30 MIT faculty, research staff, and alumni. This year includes four J-WAFS-supported faculty, students, and alumni and an additional two MIT affiliates whose work in water and food was recognized...

We can substantially expand the world’s fresh water supply by developing low-cost, energy-efficient, and environmentally benign methods of desalination and reuse.

We see systems in need of MIT’s deep expertise in science, engineering, architecture, urban design, policy, economics, and simulation.

We can preserve the gains of the Green Revolution – which has enabled us to feed billions – while mitigating its costs to the environment.

Our focus is on human needs. Informed by science and driven by innovation, we work to solve problems.

We should not be surprised if, in the space of a generation, water overshadows religion and oil as a source of conflict around the world.