The Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 on The Land-Water-Energy nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and Concord was held on 3rd of July 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. The Briefing 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.

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Background Note and Programme



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Evaluation Results



8h15-9h00        Registration

9h00-9h15        Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 Introductory remarks:  Leonard Mizzi, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [video]

 9h15-11h00 Panel 1: The Land-Water-Energy nexus: what do we know?

This panel will provide 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.

Introduction and Moderation:
Isolina Boto, CTA and Wim Olthof, European Commission  [video]


– Food-Energy-Water nexus: implications for developing countries
Paolo D’Odorico,Professor, Dept Environmental Science, UC Berkeley, USA [presentation|video]

– Sustainable agriculture and the waterenergyfood 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]

Questions and Answers Panel 1 [video]

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

11h15-13h00 Panel 2: Best practices in integrated approaches on LWE

This panel will look at specific examples of successful practices in linking Land-Water-Energy nexus, with a focus in developing/ACP countries.

Introduction and Moderation:
Wim Olthof, European Commission [video]


– 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 & promoting synergies in the Water-Energy-Food Security nexus
Dawit Guta, Center for Environment & 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]

Questions and Answers Panel 2 and Concluding remarks [video]
Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
Henrique Banze, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat

13h00 Networking Lunch

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