The Water, Energy and Food Nexus

SIWI works with partners from governments, private sector and other key actors to ensure that the policies and practices they adapt to provide water, energy and food can power a transition towards a green economy. We explore the links between water, energy and food demand, and search for integrated approaches to policy, planning, management and development of water resources, through:

  • Analysis of the water, energy and food nexus at different scales, highlighting challenges and opportunities to foster sustainable economic growth.
  • Evidence-based platforms for exchange of experiences, knowledge and perspectives on elements of the water, food and energy nexus at the appropriate scale.
  • Support to policy reform and change in order to improve water efficiency in all aspects of the water, energy and food nexus.

Our services

SIWI supports clients and partners working with water, energy and food in four main areas:

Applied research
SIWI performs research of water, food and energy dynamics at different scales, and identifies opportunities to unlock synergies through new policies and management approaches. Our key areas of expertise cover the role of water in energy production; strategies to expand renewable energy generation; and opportunities to improve efficiency throughout the food supply and value chain. Specific services include regional mapping of water, food and energy linkages; analytic support to enhance integration of water, food and energy policies; and development of site-specific best practices frameworks.

Advisory services
SIWI offers insights into the new trends in innovation, governance, management, technology and human behaviour that impact the flows of water, energy and food at all levels. We also provide technical support to policy reform and change to improve water efficiency in all aspects of the nexus, and highlight opportunities to better coordinate policy, management and development of water resources. Specific services include options assessment and impact analyses for sustainability planning; implementation of best practices in water storage and infrastructure development; and strategies to reduce food losses and waste.

Platforms for informed decision-making
SIWI connects actors working in different sectors and builds evidence-based platforms for them to exchange experiences, knowledge and perspectives on water, energy and food issues at the appropriate scale.

Training modules
SIWI develops and delivers tailored capacity building programmes for policy makers and practitioners working in the water, food, energy and environmental sectors to help them mitigate risks, confront challenges and identify opportunities in the water, energy and food nexus.

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