The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
May07

The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

The Green Economy and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus argues that a variety of policies will be required to create synergies between the water-energy-food nexus sectors while reducing trade-offs in the development of a green economy. Despite rising demand for water, energy and food globally, the governance of water-energy-food sectors has generally remained separate with limited attention placed on the interactions that exist between...

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Achieving water security and the SDGs
Apr05

Achieving water security and the SDGs

The Water Show Africa, held in Johannesburg over March 28th and 29th, brought together a series of speakers, both locally and internationally, to help bridge the gap between the opportunities and challenges in the water sector. It was a privilege to be one of the keynote speakers and panelists at The Water Show Africa. My keynote speech sought to address the keystones for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): innovation...

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The Danish food-water nexus challenge
Dec07

The Danish food-water nexus challenge

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion in 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by 70% in 2050. It is estimated that to meet this increased demand for food, global agricultural water consumption will increase by around 19% by 2050. However, agricultural production is one of the largest sources of non-point source pollution Click & Tweet! impacting the availability of good quality water for other users and uses...

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Reducing water-food nexus pressures
Nov23

Reducing water-food nexus pressures

With the global population projected to reach 9 billion in 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by over 50% in 2030 and 70% in 2050. Already agriculture is the largest user of water with irrigation Click & Tweet! accounting for nearly 70% of all freshwater withdrawals. It is estimated that to meet this increased demand for food, global agricultural water consumption will increase by around 19% by 2050, but this figure could...

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Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop
Jun22

Western Australia’s farmers growing more crop per drop

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to reach 9 billion while per capita income is expected to almost triple. This will likely lead to a substantial increase in demand for food as well as natural resources especially if global production and consumption choices of emerging economies converge with those of OECD countries. With water for food production already accounting for around 70% of water withdrawals and water demand...

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A floating dairy farm in Rotterdam
Jun01

A floating dairy farm in Rotterdam

90% of all large cities are located near water. With rising sea levels threatening many cities around the world one city is turning this threat into an opportunity. Rotterdam is pioneering the way forwards in building on water. Not only does it provide additional space in the dense city but it also provides the city with an opportunity to reduce its ecological footprint when combined with urban agriculture. Floating dairy farm in...

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