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Brussels Briefing 56: “The Land-water-energy nexus and the sustainability of the food system”

Brussels Briefing 56: “The Land-water-energy nexus and the sustainability of the food system”

Event Overview

The Brussels Briefing 56 discusses the Land-Water-Energy nexus and its implications for the food system, with a focus on ACP countries. 

Delivering water, energy and food for all in a sustainable and equitable way is a major challenge faced by many countries. The interactions between water, energy and food in a nexus approach are crucial for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and key to fight poverty, protect the environment and ensure a sustainable agricultural growth.

The Brussels Development Briefing n. 56 on The Land-Water-Energy nexus and the Sustainability of the Food System organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, the ACP Secretariat and Concord was held on 3rd of July 2019, 9h00-13h00 at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels, Room C. 

The Briefing discussed the Land-Water-Energy nexus and its implications for the food system, with a focus on ACP countries. It also featured an exchange of views and experiences from a research and practice perspective on what we know on the nexus, with a discussion on the factors for success, their replicability, and potential for upscaling of best practices.

Speakers

Isolina Boto

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Olufunke Cofie

Olufunke Cofie

West Africa Regional Representative, IWMI, Ghana

Sir Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway

Senior Advisor to the Malabo Montpellier Panel

Paolo D'Odorico

Paolo D'Odorico

Professor, Dept Environmental Science, Berkeley University, USA

Veronica Girardi

Veronica Girardi

Policy Officer, Water Sector, European Commission, DEVCO

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

Secretary-General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Ruud Grim

Ruud Grim

Senior Advisor, Netherlands Space Office

Dawit Guta

Dawit Guta

Center for Environment & Dev Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Michael Hailu

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson

Vice President for Food, Forests, Water & the Ocean, WRI

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Researcher, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Leonard Mizzi

Leonard Mizzi

Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Speakers

Speakers

Isolina Boto

Isolina Boto

Manager, Brussels Office, CTA

Olufunke Cofie

Olufunke Cofie

West Africa Regional Representative, IWMI, Ghana

Sir Gordon Conway

Sir Gordon Conway

Senior Advisor to the Malabo Montpellier Panel

Paolo D'Odorico

Paolo D'Odorico

Professor, Dept Environmental Science, Berkeley University, USA

Veronica Girardi

Veronica Girardi

Policy Officer, Water Sector, European Commission, DEVCO

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

H.E. Dr Patrick Ignatius Gomes

Secretary-General of the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Ruud Grim

Ruud Grim

Senior Advisor, Netherlands Space Office

Dawit Guta

Dawit Guta

Center for Environment & Dev Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Michael Hailu

Michael Hailu

Director of CTA

Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson

Vice President for Food, Forests, Water & the Ocean, WRI

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Tafadzwa Mabhaudhi

Researcher, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Leonard Mizzi

Leonard Mizzi

Acting Director Devco C, Planet and Prosperity and Head of Unit Rural Development, Food Security, Nutrition, Europeaid, European Commission

Organisers

  • CTA

    The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

  • DG DEVCO

    The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is responsible for designing European international cooperation and development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. DG DEVCO is in charge of development cooperation policy in a wider framework of international cooperation, adapting to the evolving needs of partner countries. This encompasses cooperation with developing countries at different stages of development, including with countries graduated from bilateral development assistance to cover the specific needs of these countries during the transition period between low-income countries and upper middle-income countries. DG DEVCO works closely with other Commission services responsible for thematic policies, as well as with the European External Action Service and Commission services on external action, so as to facilitate and help ensure a consistent approach.

  • ACP

    The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the "ACP-EC Partnership Agreement" which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific. The Secretariat is responsible for the administrative management of the ACP Group. It assists the Group's decision-making and advisory organs in carrying out their work. The ACP Secretariat's headquarters is located in Brussels (Belgium). It is headed by an Executive Secretary-General who is responsible for implementing the Group's international policy, as well as directing and coordinating its cooperation policy.

  • CONCORD

    CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. CONCORD is the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy.

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