The security, safety and efficiency of the world’s water and food supplies have received a significant boost after Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) signed its first corporate research affiliate agreement.

Xylem Inc., a leading water technology company, will now partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on water and food research. J-WAFS, which was established in 2014, stimulates and coordinates water- and food-related research across the institute.

Xylem CEO Patrick Decker, J-WAFS Director John H. Lienhard V, and MIT Associate Provost Karen Gleason were among those to attend the signing ceremony in November 2016.

John H. Lienhard V said: “With this agreement, J-WAFS is furthering its role of providing resources to the MIT community, and thereby strengthening MIT’s ability to solve real problems in securing clean and plentiful water supplies around the world.”

Renee J. Robins, Executive Director of J-WAFS, said: “We greatly look forward to deepening MIT’s relationship with Xylem. We bring to campus a partner whose exceptional experience in the water sector will contribute to meaningful collaborations around real-world water challenges.”

Funding from this agreement will support major research projects, the MIT Water Club, J-WAFS seed research grants, and broader activities including studies, workshops and conferences.