The Land-Water-Energy nexus

  • 18th August 2019
  • by secretary

3 July 2019. The CTA Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 discussed the Land-Water-Energy nexus and its implications for the food system, with a focus on ACP countries. It also featured an exchange of views and experiences from a research and practice perspective on what we know on the nexus, with a discussion on the factors for success, their replicability, and potential for upscaling of best practices.

Panel 1: The Land-Water-Energy nexus: what do we know?
This panel provided an overview of linkages between land-water-energy from a research and practice perspective and its implications for the sustainability of the agrifood system with a focus in developing countries and ACP countries in particular.

  • Food-Energy-Water nexus: implications for developing countries – Paolo D’Odorico,Professor, Dept Environmental Science, UC Berkeley, USA [presentation|video]
  • Sustainable agriculture and the water–energy–food nexus – Sir Gordon Conway, Member of Malabo Montpellier Panel and Professor of International Development, Imperial College London [presentation|video]
  • Sustainability of resources and conflict prevention through the nexus approach – Craig Hanson, Vice President for Food, Forests, Water &the Ocean, WRI [presentation|video]
  • Policy dialogue on the water-energy-agriculture nexus: the EU-German Programme – Veronica Girardi, Policy Officer, Water Sector, European Commission, DEVCO [presentation|video]

Panel 2: Best practices in integrated approaches on LWE
This panel looked at specific examples of successful practices in linking Land-Water-Energy nexus, with a focus in developing/ACP countries.

  • Space for Food Security: use of more efficient inputs through use of satellite data – Ruud Grim, Senior Advisor for Applications, Netherlands Space Office [presentation|video]
  • Overview of best practices in promoting a sustainable use of resources in Africa – Olufunke Cofie, West Africa Regional Representative, IWMI, Ghana [presentation|video]
  • Mitigating trade-offs and promoting synergies in the Water-Energy-Food Security nexus – Dawit Guta, Center for Environment and Dev Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia [presentation|video]
  • Assessing the state of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus in South Africa – Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi, Researcher, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa [presentation|video]