Accessing safe water and sanitation is an ongoing challenge in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This historically arid area is home to about 5 percent of the world’s population, but only about 1.4 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. The demand for both water resources and a solution to sanitation challenges continues to grow. Through a partnership with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), USAID is connecting researchers and encouraging them to work together across disciplines to devise comprehensive and practical solutions to the region’s water resource challenges.
About 100 researchers from the United States and the MENA region will gather in November at the Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium in Rabat, Morocco, to learn about each other’s research in one of five subject areas: water, sanitation, and hygiene; renewable energy; precision medicine and cancer; smart agriculture; and smart cities.