Water-Energy-Food Nexus – towards efficient national planning #WaterEnergyFood

23-24 October 2018

The water, energy and food (WEF) nexus means that the security of supply in these three critical resources tends to be intricately linked. The actions in one area tend to have impacts in one or both of the other two areas. The United Nation’s (UN)-Water* mentions that the WEF nexus is central to sustainable development.

In South Africa, lack of a clear, elevated plan to manage the WEF nexus and to inform decision-making processes in support of the National Development Plan (NDP) as a guide to national development could be a challenge. In light of the recent severe droughts in South Africa, a national dialogue by the relevant experts, affected communities and government departments is essential.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says:

“Decision makers need improved tools in order to be better informed about trade-offs and synergies between different development and management choices, and to help them identify options on how to sustainably manage resources


Day 1: Assessing the State of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in South Africa

Prof Sylvester Mpandeli, Research Manager: Water Utilisation in Agric, Water Research Commission (WRC) On behalf of: Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO: WRC

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Day 1: Water-Food-Energy Nexus - the FAO Perspective

Dr Lewis Hove, FAO Representative in SA: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

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Day 1: The WEF nexus in South Africa's water governance (1910-2008)

Prof Johann Templehoff, Extraordinary Professor, South African Water History Archival

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Day 1: Research and development need in Water-Energy-Food nexus in South Africa

Dr Emmanuel Mwendera, Research Team Manager: Water Science; Agricultural Research Council (ARC)

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Day 1: Group A: Nuclear Technology in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Dr Cassie Carstens On behalf of: Mr Phumzile Tshelane, Group CEO: South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa)

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Day 1: Group A: Water-Energy-Food nexus: towards efficient national planning

Mr Nandha Govender, General Manager; Water & Environmental Operations: Eskom

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Day 1: Group B: Climate change adaptation through the Water – Energy – Food Nexus in South Africa

Prof Sylvester Mpandeli, Research Manager: Water Utilisation in Agric; Water Research Commission

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Day 1: Group B: Challenges to farmers, optimising crop production while limiting water and energy usage Applied to potato production in SA

Prof Linus Franke, Head of Department: Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences, University of the Free State

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Day 2: Water Resource planning and management for water security in South Africa

Mr Patrick Mlilo, Director: National Water Resource Planning; Department of Water and Sanitation

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Day 2: Relevant research for the WEF nexus – the CSIR approach

Dr Graham von Maltitz, Natural Resources & the Environment (NRE): CSIR

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Day 2: Mine Impacted Water: A resource for the circular economy in South African Mining communities

Mr Dheepak Maharajh, Head of Biometalurgy: Mintek

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