About the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab

J-WAFS is catalyzing research and innovation at MIT to find solutions to urgent global water and food systems challenges in order to secure humankind’s vital resources.

Our Mission

J-WAFS catalyzes MIT research, innovation, and technology for ensuring safe and resilient supplies of water and food while reducing environmental impact, to meet the local and global needs of a rapidly expanding and evolving population on a changing planet.

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About Our Work

At a time when climate change, urbanization, and a growing and evolving global population are together putting tremendous stresses on the world’s water and food supplies, solutions-oriented research addressing these most basic human needs is essential. It is an urgent challenge, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) MIT is supporting solutions.

J-WAFS is an Institute-wide effort that fuels research, innovation, and cross-disciplinary collaborations focused on water and food systems to meet human needs. Through early-stage research grants, support for technology commercialization, sponsored research management, student funding and mentorship, and events that convene local and global experts, J-WAFS leverages the world-class resources for which MIT is known. Our objective is to advance knowledge and innovation to create resilient systems that can deliver safe and adequate supplies of water and food for our changing world.

"MIT was created to apply innovative research to real world problems, and has a distinguished legacy of solutions for critical needs in the water and food sectors.  J-WAFS builds on this legacy to further the positive impact that MIT has on securing clean water and safe food for all people."

—John H. Lienhard V, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Water and Mechanical Engineering; Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab

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