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TECHNICAL DIALOGUE ON SADC WATER -ENERGY -FOOD (WEF) NEXUS REGIONAL FRAMEWORK AND INVESTMENT Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre , JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA 19-20 NOVEMBER 2017

"Fostering a water, food and energy security nexus dialogue and multi-sector investment in the SADC region"

"Water , Energy and food security are fundamental to survival. The Nexus approach interlinks water, energy and food sectors to create synergies and value, whilst at the same time creating employment," Dr. Kenneth Msibi, Policy and Strategy Expert in the SADC Secretariat Water Division.

"For the Nexus approach to be implemented effectively, it requires enabling policies , hence the need for support governments to support the programme. "
"Recognising and creating adaptive strategies to the impacts of climate change on the Water, Energy and Food sectors are key success factors in the planning and implementation of the Nexus programme."

The EU Water-Energy-Food Nexus Dialogue Program is a European Union initiative earmarked for five regions in the world which are; Latin America (Andean region), Asia (Mekong Area), Central Asia (Aral Sea region), Neighbourhood (with particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region) and Africa (Niger and SADC). Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) has been mandated to implement the Nexus programme in the Southern Africa region on behalf of the SADC Secretariat.

The Nexus approach will give SADC an opportunity to see how to bring resource (water, land and energy) use efficiency without harming the natural environment as well as minimizing trade-offs and increasing synergies between the three sectors and their resource uses. The process is also supposed to facilitate a balanced decision-making process between the three sectors.

"It is critical that the WEF Nexus initiative drives and facilitates the development of bankable project proposals" Mr. Martin Muchero, Regional Agricultural Policy (RAP) Technical Coordinator at SADC.
It is high time to break away from working in silos and adopt synergistic actions towards achieving the goals of SADC, particularly food security and poverty alleviation
"The Nexus approach will help SADC meet water, energy and food security simultaneously so that investment costs are minimised whilst resource utilisation is maximised," Mr. Kidanemariam Jembere, GWPSA's Technical Advisor and Project Manager for SADC-EU Water-Energy-Food Nexus.
The Nexus approach moves away from a sectorial approach to a cross-sectorial integrated approach which entails institutions of agriculture, energy and water working together towards the attainment of Nexus objectives, without any sector negatively affecting the others.

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