Volume 18 | August 2021
August 2021 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.
Member Registration and Collaborative Platform

If you have not yet done so, we highly encourage interested participants to join the WEF Nexus in Africa Initiative as a member of our website and the Collaborative Platform.
Featured News
Southern Africa’s First Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Masterclass Completion

With the help and support from Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA), the first Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Masterclass designed specifically for Southern Africa was completed on 27-29 July 2021. The virtual event focused on the need for capacity development in applying the WEF Nexus as a transformative approach to sustainable natural resource management and socio-economic development.

How can our use and production of food, water, and energy aids in solving environmental problems?

In a broader aspect, environmental problems can be reduced by changing existing systems and policies; technologies; markets; and business approaches, and political and social movements. There are several actions that can be done from the individual level to reduce these problems; however, such personal actions won't be enough but still can act as a catalyst for change. Among many daily-life activities, our use and production of food; water; and energy are the most important action that matters the most in reducing environmental problems. Click the link below to understand how the utilization of simple actions can make a huge contribution to the environment.

A solution to the water crisis in Jordan

Climate change and excessive population growth have created severe impacts on Jordan"s water resources. A new study has found that by 2100, the country will go into a deeper water crisis if the government did not take essential efforts in fixing leaky pipes to desalinating seawater. This situation will hardly hit low-income neighborhoods, only providing less than 40 liters of water daily for 11 consecutive months per year. Therefore, the best step the country of Jordan can take is increasing water supply through large-scale desalination.

Featured Publication
The Evolution of the Water–Energy–Food (WEF) Nexus as a Transformative Approach for Sustainable Development in South Africa

By: Stanley Liphadzi, Sylvester Mpandeli, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, Dhesigen Naidoo, Luxon Nhamo

This study discusses the discovery of WEF Nexus as a transformative approach that addresses various global challenges in an integrated manner. The author highlights successful achievements made towards transforming the WEF nexus from being only a conceptual and discourse framework into an analytical decision support tool. Result suggests that policy decisions based on WEF Nexus have capacity to improve livelihoods and enhance socio-economic development for the achievement of the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Featured Events
AGRF Summit 2021: Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems 

The eleventh Annual Summit of the AGRF, co-hosted by the Government of Kenya and the AGRF Partners Group, will be held virtually from 6-10 September, 2021 in Kenya, Africa. The summit focuses on theme "Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems" aiming towards exploring the pathways and actions for the food systems
that deliver sufficient and nutritious food, do not impact the environment negatively, and create sustainable, dignified jobs, and shared prosperity for Africa. Registration is required.

The Innovation and Inclusive Industrialization in Agro-processing (IIAP) research project is hosting an virtual conference titled "The Political Economy of Food System Industrialization: Argo-processing, Industrial Policy and Inclusive Development", on 31st August 2021. Rapid change in population and urbanization are creating dramatic shift in consumers food demand, which in turn is expanding agro-processing techniques and activities between harvest and retail. Thus, the conference aims to address critical issues in food systems in Africa drawing, in particular, on the IIAP project in South Africa and Tanzania. Registration is required.

Cairo Water Week Conference 2021

The fourth edition of the Cairo Water Week (CWW) series of conferences is taking place from October 24 to 28, 2021 in Cairo, Egypt, and will address the main theme “Water, Population and Global Change: Challenges and Opportunities”. The event will discuss population issues and the impact of overpopulation on common management of transboundary rivers and climate change.
Registration is required.

Agricultural Research for Development (Agri4D) Conference 2021

The "Agri4D 2021 Conference on Food Systems For New Realities", hosted by Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI), will take place between September 28-30, 2021 and will be held online. The conference aims to be a platform to take stock of the current knowledge frontier, connect science to policymaking and practice, and spark new collaborations. Registration is required.

Jobs and Internship Opportunities
Vacancy // Senior Energy Analyst, South Africa

The ENERTRAG South Africa, an independent clean energy developer that generates electricity, hydrogen and heat exclusively from renewable sources, is looking for an energy analyst to support the evaluation and assessment of wind and solar resource energy output; project management and bid submission activities. Candidates with Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Engineering or Atmospheric Science disciplines, or post-graduate qualification, and at least five years related experience are highly preferred. Application closes on 31st August 2021.

Vacancy // Clean Energy Associate, Washington DC, USA

The World Resources Institute (WRI), Washington DC, USA seeks full time clean energy associate to support WRI’s domestic energy projects that are aimed to meet renewable energy goals. The responsibilities of successful candidate includes writing briefs and short background notes to support meetings, contributing to blogs and WRI knowledge products, engaging with utilities, energy buyers, regulators, and other stakeholders, and supporting staff senior team members as they expand WRI’s work to create and scale clean energy solutions.

For more job, internships, or partnership opportunities visit the
General Notice

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Featured Opportunities
Deadline Extension! Call for Manuscript Submission on Special Issue "Sustainable Development and the Water–Energy–Food Nexus"

This Special Issue calls for original research into the WEF nexus, particularly studies that start to address the major gaps mentioned above. Case studies, reviews, applied research, and theoretical research articles are welcome. Studies that demonstrate integration amongst nexus sectors and policy/governance, ecosystems, and the SDGs are particularly encouraged. Studies from developing countries or under-represented areas that satisfy these criteria are also strongly encouraged.

This Special Issue is open to submissions of original articles, subject to a rigorous peer-review process, covering the recent debate on sustainable development in the WEF nexus, with a focus on integration and the role of social science, policy, and governance, the assessment of ecosystem services in a nexus context, and the relationship to the fulfilment of SDG targets. We look forward to transdisciplinary contributions from studies related to furthering the state-of-the-art of nexus-related research.

The deadline to submit to Special Issue in "Sustainable Development and the Water–Energy–Food Nexus" is now extended to 31st January 2022.

Guest Editors:
Dr. Janez Sušnik
Dr. Sara Masia