Volume 26 | May 2022

May 2022 Newsletter

The Water-Energy-Food in Africa Initiative is excited to share with you updates on the current news and events, ways to get involved, and upcoming items to be on the lookout for.
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Featured News

African food prices soaring amid Ukraine war

Wheat, gas, and gasoline prices are soaring on Africa and things are getting worse because of Russia's war on Ukraine. The situation is worrying not only because of price, but also because of unavailability as many suppliers had already reduced their contracted quantities. South Africans are forced to use their savings and loans to meet the rising cost of living. The lack of wheat supplies from Ukraine had worsened the food crisis. About 6 million people are already affected by food insecurity, including 1.4 million children. More than 500,000 people left their homes this year alone because of the drought.

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SA has experienced rain increases and most dams are full, yet a national water crisis persists

Since October 2021, South Africa has received above average rainfall leading to an increase in country's national average water levels. Water stored in reservoirs rose from 84.6% to 88.7% by the December of 2021. Although water availability is increasing, some parts of South Africa have not been recovered from the effects of drought which has been ongoing since 2015. Eastern Cape communities are in short of water shortages even though major dams in other parts of the country are full. This shows that despite of getting good rainfall over the summer 2021, the country's water resources are still under continued pressure.

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WFP IGNITE Food Systems Challenge Uganda

The Regional Innovation hub in Eastern Africa, in partnership with the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, is starting WFP IGNITE Food System Challenge, looking for game changing ventures contributing to stronger, more sustainable food systems in Uganda. The hub is seeking for startups, and cooperatives contributing towards food security in areas of resilience to shocks and trees, access to safe and nutritious food, optimizing regional food supply chains, empowering smallholder farmers, and advancing food security for all. Application closes on 21 May 2022.

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Featured Events

Call for Applications: Climate Academy 2022- Digitization, Energy Transition, and Climate Action

The "People's Pathways to Climate Action- Climate Academy" 2022 aims to focus on digitization and energy transition and their application in facilitating climate action. Young professionals including academics, policy makers and practitioners are invited to apply between 27 April and 22 May 2022. This climate academy program aspires to address growing challenges of climate change through series of dedicated events.

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Call for Applications: NEX-LABS Summer School

Applications are now open to apply to the Berytech's Regional Entrepreneurship summer school in the water-food-energy nexus under the NEX-LABS summer school and develop novel startups. The summer school aims to provide new business perspectives to NEXUS innovators, create potential collaboration across borders in the Mediterranean and help the entrepreneurs develop their mindset and skills to launch and grow their business. The summer school will take place towards the end of June 2022. Apply before 22 May 2022.

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Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development 2022

The session "Building Resilience to Climate Security Risks in the Sahel: Insights from Research and Practices", happening on 23 May 2022 at the Stockholm Forum on Peace and Development, will provide practical and policy solutions to better manage transboundary climate and security risks in the Sahel. This session is for practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in the climate and security domains in the Sahel who are interested in concrete, solution-oriented approaches to respond to climate and security risks.

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Featured Publication

Climate and Southern Africa's Water Energy Food Nexus

By: Declan ConwayEmma Archer van GarderenDelphine DeryngSteve DorlingTobias KruegerWillem LandmanBruce LankfordKaren LebekTim OsbornClaudia RinglerJames ThurlowTingju Zhu & Carole Dalin 

This paper states there is strong evidence of the effects of individual climate anomalies in South Africa, but association between national rainfall, gross domestic product, and crop production is relatively weak. The use of various climate models project shows the decrease in annual precipitation by 20% by the year 2080's and these changes is still projected to impact the reduced availability of water and crop yields in higher capacity. The authors recommended three key political and economic instruments that could improve this scenario: the Southern Development Community, the Southern African Power Pool, and trade of agricultural products amounting to significant transfer of embedded water.

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Jobs and Internship Opportunities

Vacancy // PhD Position on Changing Rivers at the Utrecht University, Netherlands

The Utrecht University at Netherlands is looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate to work with large datasets of real rivers and smart software for the analysis of complex patterns. More specifically, the successful student will work to understand the dynamic patterns of tidal systems as they have been changing channels and shoals of sand, mud, and vegetation through combining landscape scale experiments with computer models, field measurements, shallow coring, and remote sensing observations. Application closes on 31 May 2022.

Full job description is available here!

Vacancy // Senior Agricultural Water Expert at Wageningen, Netherlands

FutureWater at Wageningen, Netherlands is looking for an experienced agricultural water expert to lead analytical work in projects on the interface of water resources, agriculture, natural based solutions, and climate change. The successful candidate will expand international activities, particularly in Asia and Africa, and work directly with clients to ensure  project scope and expectations are well aligned, and deliverables fall within the applicable scope and budget. The vacancy is open until a suitable candidate is found.

Full job description is available here!

Vacancy // Program Manager (WASH), Algeria

Oxfam in Algeria is seeking a senior program manager to coordinate and support a team of WASH and public health experts, and to ensure that WASH activities implemented by Oxfam in the Sahrawi Refugee camps are delivered to the agreed standard and timelines. The WASH program manager will work to improve access to safe water and overall WASH services and acts as technical focal point for Oxfam and work closely with the local and international WASH actors in the camps. Application closes on 31 May 2022

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Featured Opportunities

Call for Offers:

Final Evaluation of the Project “Promoting the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Southeastern Europe, through the use of the Nexus approach” (ADC 8337-00/2016)

The Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) announces the call for the final evaluation of the project “Promoting the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Southeastern Europe, through the use of the Nexus approach," funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

Read the attached Call and ToR and submit your offer to  procurement@gwpmed.org, writing in the email subject line: "Call for Offers 24/2022?ADA Final Evaluation, before the above mentioned closing date.

All documentation should be in English. For nay clarifications on the present call for offers please contact Mr. Tassos Krommydas at tassos@gwpmed.ord.

Submit offers by 19 May 2022 at 17:00h CET

Check out the detail announcement here!