"Fostering regional value chains and job creation through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus approaches"
The objective of this year's Dialogue is to provide a platform for policymakers and practitioners working on water, energy, food, economic planning and gender to develop strategies and ensure nexus approaches contribute to SADC regional value chains and job creation.
"The limited access to clean water and sanitation , have a negative impact on education and health", Mr Moses Ntlamelle , Head of SADC Energy Division
"The SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2016-2063 and its action plan, were developed to promote idustrialisation and economic development in the SADC region , the action plan identified agro-processing, minerals beneficiation and related mining operations and services which cover water and energy sectors"
In recognition of the link between water and energy and the high potential for energy generation using water , it is inevitable that while the Dialogue is focusing on energy , water related infrastructure projects and food security are not exempted.
"The South African Government views the Water , Energy and Food sectors as the backbone of the livelihoods of people at all levels and the basis for socio- economic development of the country", MS Lindiwe Lusenga , Deputy Director General – Department of Water and Sanitation, South Africa.
The interdependence between the Water Energy and Food sectors (WEF) offers opportunities for stronger collaboration among the three sectors , thus increasing the strength of tackling the region's development Agenda.
"Over dependence on rainfall for crop production is the main cause of chronic poverty and food insecurity in the region. Irrigation , therefore, offers opportunities for mitigating effects of climate shocks on food security," Dr Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Alleviation of poverty and improving the livelihoods of the people are some of the objectives of the SADC Treaty