Forging a Common Understanding of the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus

Last week I participated in the Bonn2011 Conference on the Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus (November 16-18 - Bonn, Germany). The Conference brought together stakeholders from the water, energy and food sectors to forge a common understanding of water-energy-food security linkages. As an Outcome Ambassador, I presented recommendations on “how to make the nexus work for the poor.” In particular, the impacts of energy and water strategies on food security, and vice versa, must be properly assessed. Also, methods for monitoring and measuring the outcomes and impacts of nexus approaches and initiatives are urgently needed.

Interacting with New Champions

In September, I traveled to Dalian in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions also known as the “Summer Davos”. The meeting, organized by the World Economic Forum, brought together global leaders from the private and public sector to discuss strategies for mastering sustainable economic growth. In discussions on improving food productivity in developing countries, I focused on five key actions needed to foster new approaches to food security.