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Operationalizing the water-energy-food nexus through the theory of change

The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus facilitates understanding of the intricate and dynamic interlinkages among the three resources.

Researchers:

  • Dhesigen Naidoo
  • Luxon Nhamo
  • Sylvester Mpandeli
  • Nafisa Sobatree
  • Aiden Senzanje
  • Stanley Liphadzi
  • Rob Slotow
  • Michael Jacobson
  • Albert T. Modi
  • Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudi

Abstract:

The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus facilitates understanding of the intricate and dynamic interlinkages among the three resources. Its implementation can enhance resource securities and sustainable development. Despite its potential, full adoption of the approach has been hindered by a lack of actionable strategies to guide its practical application. This is attributed to (i) poor data (ii) lack of empirical evidence, (iii) inadequate analytical tools, and (iv) lack of clarity on applicable spatial scale. This study undertook a literature review, coupled with systemic analyses of a WEF nexus analytical model, whose outputs were used as a basis to develop a Theory of Change, an iterative outline for operationalizing the approach in the context of southern Africa.

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Citation:

Naidoo, Dhesigen., Nhamo, Luxon., Mpandeli, Sylvester., Sobatree, Nafisa., Senzanje, Aiden., Liphadzi, Stanley., Slotow, Rob., Jacobson, Michael., Modi, Albert T., Mabhaudi, Tafadzwanashe. Operationalizing the water-energy-food nexus through the theory of change. (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2021.111415