“Leadership in a Complex World:
The Food, Water and Energy Nexus.”
In a world of 7 billion, 783 million people do not have access to clean water, 805 million people in the world and two-thirds of Asia are undernourished, and 1.3 billion people live without electricity. The scarcity of food, water and energy is a significant threat globally, but this is particularly so in developing Asia as its population continues to grow and urbanize.
However, existing solutions often treat water, energy and food security as independent even when they are highly interdependent. For instance, the use of water in irritation might promote food production but it reduces river flows and hydropower potential. Going forward, decision-makers will have to consider food, water and energy security as a nexus to ensure that cross-sectoral impacts are accounted for if we want to simultaneously ensure security in all three sectors.
Using the food, water and energy nexus as a backdrop, participants of AUS 2015 are exposed to possible linkages that exist between these previously independent issues, and allowing them to appreciate the need for holistic, multidisciplinary approaches and solutions these complex problems.
Ateneo de Manila University
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