Partners & Affiliates: External

Universities, companies, NGOs, and individuals from around the world have partnered with J-WAFS to support our effort to solve global water and food systems challenges. Browse our partners and affiliates below to learn more about the organizations with whom we work.

Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises is comprised of diversified businesses with deep roots in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT region). They began 70 years ago as a small trading business and then a Toyota distributorship in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since then the organization has established operations in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Turkey. Currently, their businesses span transportation, engineering and manufacturing, financial services, land and real estate, energy and environmental services, and consumer products.

Abdul Latif Jameel Enterprises was founded by the father of MIT alumnus Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ’78, and currently chaired by J-WAFS founding benefactor Mohammed Jameel.

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Community Jameel was established in 2003 to continue the Jameel family's community support efforts, a tradition started in the 1940s by the late Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel business. Throughout his lifetime, Mr. Jameel helped tens of thousands of disadvantaged people through his work advancing healthcare, education, and improving livelihoods. Located in the United Arab Emirates, Community Jameel is dedicated to supporting social and economic sustainability across the Middle East and beyond, through a range of initiatives.

Community Jameel is the founding sponsor of the J-WAFS Solutions grant program, which was launched in 2015. The program is governed in partnership with Community Jameel, which is represented on the governing board of the program.

In addition to its support of J-WAFS, Community Jameel also supports centers at MIT focusing on poverty alleviation, global education, and healthcare innovation.

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IIT-Ropar is an engineering, science, and technology higher education institute located in Rupnagar, Punjab, India. It is one of the eight newer Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) established by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to expand the reach and enhance the quality of technical education in the country. This institute is committed to providing state-of-the-art technical education in a variety of fields.

IIT-Ropar partnered with J-WAFS in 2019 to launch a new research seed fund to address food, water, and agriculture in India. The seed fund will provide grants to initiate new water- and food systems research collaborations between researchers from MIT and IIT-Ropar.

IIT Ropar Crest“We are one of the new generation IITs, and we want a very large focus on research. There are large problems with  agriculture and with water resources, and we want this as one of our focus areas. This is where J-WAFS comes in; we  decided that we must join hands together to do something.”

-Sarit K. Das, Director of IIT-Ropar and Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Rabobank is a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands. It is a global leader in food and agriculture financing and sustainability-oriented banking. J-WAFS partners with Rabobank Wholesale Banking North America, a subsidiary of Rabobank.

Rabobank is the founding donor of the Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Innovation Prize, a business-plan competition for early-stage ideas and startups developed by undergraduate and graduate students. The prize is produced by the MIT Food and Agriculture Club, and began at MIT in 2016.

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The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established in 1978 with the mission of bringing together biomedical, social, political, and behavioral scientists to conduct research, educational, and community-service programs to improve the nutritional health and well-being of populations throughout the world. Master of Science and Doctoral degree programs are offered in the social and biological sciences, including nutrition and food systems. Further, the nutrition programs of study draw upon the wealth of resources at the university. Tufts University is classified as a Research I University and ranked among the top 30 universities and colleges in America. Interdisciplinary programs involve faculty and scientists at all of the other seven schools at Tufts, including specialty concentrations in international food and nutrition; nutrition communications; agriculture, food and environment; humanitarian assistance; and clinical nutrition, health promotion and disease prevention.

In 2019, the Friedman School at Tufts joined with J-WAFS as an institutional collaborator on J-WAFS’ cross-institutional, transdisciplinary research project “Climate Change and Global Food Security: Supporting Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies with Research”. The goal of the project is to identify the most important knowledge gaps and technology needs at the nexus of climate change and food systems.

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Wageningen University & Research is a public university in Wageningen, Netherlands. It consists of Wageningen University and the former agricultural research institute of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, and focuses its research on scientific, social, and commercial problems in the field of life sciences and natural resources.

In 2019, Wageningen joined J-WAFS’ cross-institutional, transdisciplinary research project “Climate Change and Global Food Security: Supporting Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies with Research.” The goal of the project is to identify the most important knowledge gaps and technology needs at the nexus of climate change and food systems.

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The UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was established in 1922 as one of four colleges on the campus of the University of California, Davis. It is ranked number one in the nation for agriculture, plant sciences, animal science, forestry, and agricultural economics.

In 2019, the College joined J-WAFS’ cross-institutional, transdisciplinary research project “Climate Change and Global Food Security: Supporting Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies with Research.” The goal of the project is to identify the most important knowledge gaps and technology needs at the nexus of climate change and food systems.

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Xylem is a leading water technology company based in the US that is committed to "solving water" by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world's water, wastewater and energy needs. Their technologies enable customers worldwide to transport, treat, test, and efficiently use water in public utility, residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries and has revenues of nearly $5 billion.

In 2016, Xylem became J-WAFS’ first Research Affiliate. As a Research Affiliate, they fund select sponsored research projects at MIT and provide other support for MIT and J-WAFS programs that are focused on supporting water sector research and innovation across the Institute. In addition to direct sponsored research projects, Xylem supports the MIT Water Club , and the MIT Water Innovation Prize, the J-WAFS Fellowship for Water Solutions, and the J-WAFS Water Leaders Travel Grant. MIT students have also benefitted from individual mentoring relationships with members of the Xylem executive team.

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Numerous individuals have donated to J-WAFS since our founding in 2014. Their generous gifts help us to apply MIT’s resources to the greatest food and water challenges of our time. Our donors’ support has funded fellowship programs for advanced PhD students, implementation grants on specific challenges such as water innovation in India and reducing the negative impacts of industrialized animal agriculture, expert workshops, and other programs. J-WAFS benefits from a devoted base of contributors who are committed to the sustainability of the world’s water and food systems.

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