Volume 19 | September 2021
September 2021 Newsletter
The Water-Energy-Food in Africa Initiative is excited to share with you updates on the current news and events, ways to get involved, and upcoming items to be on the lookout for.
Member Registration and Collaborative Platform

If you have not yet done so, we highly encourage interested participants to join the WEF Nexus in Africa Initiative as a member of our website and the Collaborative Platform.
Featured News
Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Africa Initiative Hosts Webinar Series: 2nd Round, 2021

In collaboration with FAO, WE4F, GIZ Nexus Dialogues, and SEI, we have hosted the 2nd round of webinar series on theme "Solutions Using Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approaches."
This webinar series will focus on exploring solutions to address complex transdisciplinary natural resource and environmental challenges using and operationalizing WEF nexus approaches. The first webinar series ended on September 14, 2021, with others being scheduled for October 19, November 16 and December 14, 2021, from 13:30 to 15:00 PM (GMT +2). Registration is required.

UKZN helps Convert Water- Energy- Food Research into Action

Researchers at UKZN and the Water Research Commission have discussed and collected the Water Energy Food (WEF) Nexus knowledge, and came up with a paper titled "Operationalizing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Through the Theory of Change" which explains several ways to guide policy and decision-making on operationalizing the WEF nexus for southern Africa through a consultative and iterative Theory of Change. The paper follows research published in 2020 that
described the WEF nexus integrative analytical model developed by some of these researchers.

Drier and Warmer Season Forecasted to Continue across Eastern Africa

Despite of having severe rainfall seasons coming up, several east African countries are forecasted to have drier situation. Rainfall observation over the past few months shows that central and southern east African countries are going through rainfall deficit condition and is expected to continue until December 2021. This situation is indicating the arrival of moderate to severe drought conditions in regions such as eastern Kenya, south-western Ethiopia, southern Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. 

Featured Events
From Research to Resilience: Climate-Smart Solutions to Enhance Ecosystem Health and Strengthen Food, Nutrition and Water Security For All

CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) hosts a virtual webinar series from October 5 - October 28, 2021, aiming to identify evidence gaps, capture lessons learned and consolidate thinking on the future direction of research for development to sustainably transform our water, land and food systems. The webinar themes include accelerating clean energy access, inclusive and gender-sensitive land
restoration, resilient urban food systems, sustainable water management, disaster risk management, and innovative approaches to evaluate ecosystem health and monitor landscape restoration. Registration is required.

UN Food Systems Summit

The UN Food System Summit will take place virtually on September 23, 2021, during the UN General Assembly in New York. The summit aims to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach,
leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality. The event is open to all. Registration is required.

The 1st Palestinian-Dutch Conference on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)

The 1st Palestinian-Dutch conference on Water, sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), and Climate-Smart agriculture (CSA) is going to be held digital on November 17 and 18, 2021, with the purpose to promote the cooperation between Dutch and Palestinian water
practitioners to solve issues related to water and agriculture in Palestine. In addition, the conference aims to provide a platform to
present and discuss recent innovations, trends, practical challenges in the field of water and agriculture. Last date for registration is November 1, 2021.

Featured Publication
Developing a Framework for the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in South Africa
By: T. Mabhaudhi, G. Simpson, J. Badenhorst, A. Senzanje, G. P. W. Jewitt, V. G. P. Chimonyo, S. Mpandeli, and L. Nhamo

This study presents the framework for linking WEF Nexus to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), mainly SDG 2, 6 and 7. WEF Nexus framework available in existing academic and grey literatures are analyzed systematically to create South African WEF Nexus framework that incorporates water, energy, and food sectors along with technological innovation, human well-being, the SDGs, and different drivers of the WEF nexus. This paper is shown as the framework that can be used as a starting point for future research pertaining to the WEF Nexus in Africa.

Jobs and Internship Opportunities
Vacancy // Post-doctoral Position in Water Management at Stanford University, Earth System Science, California, USA

The Stanford University in California, USA is looking for a post-doctoral researcher to work in a project developing strategies for management of both floods and droughts in heavily developed watersheds using hydrologic modeling coupled with GIS. This position is part of the FUSE Project (https://fuse.stanford.edu/) and the position will be filled as soon as possible to run
for 24 months with a possible extension.

Vacancy // Post-doctoral Position in Addressing Global Challenges: Climate Change, Energy and Urbanization at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites application for post-doctoral position to contribute to a range of the quantitative research projects mainly dealing with global climate action of subnational governments and private actors. Applicants must have completed a PhD in a relevant field, such as economics, public policy, computer science, data science, climate policy or science, science and technology studies. The position will be open until filled.

Vacancy // Program Department (PD) Internship in Urban Food Security

The World Food Programme (WFP) seeks an intern for a duration of eight months to provide support to the urban workstream and assist in facilitating the work of the cross-functional outcome groups to achieve their goals and implement the priorities identified. The position will either be based in the Emergency and Transitions Unit (PRO-P) of the Programme Division, in Rome, Italy, or home-based, depending on the pandemic-caused restrictions.

For more job, internships, or partnership opportunities visit the
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Featured Opportunities
Water, Energy, Food and Environment (WEFE) Nexus Autumn School

Challenges such as inadequate food supply, limited access to clean drinking water, sanitation or modern energy sources are escalating, and that needs to be managed and mitigated. The Water, Energy, Food and Environment (WEFE) Nexus is a useful framework for capturing the interrelationships, synergies, and trade-offs between water, energy, and food in different environmental contexts. The WEFE Nexus School brings together students and faculty of European and African universities for a unique learning experience and offers students the possibility to gain a comprehensive understanding of the interconnections between water, energy, food and the environment.

Applications are still possible in specific cases. If you have not yet managed to apply, please write to wefe@sirop.org before September 20th.

  • 21 – 22 October 2021 (Module 1)
  • 27 – 29 October 2021 (Module 2)
  • 04 – 06 November 2021 (Module 3)
  • 11 – 12 November 2021 (Module 4)

The classes will be online and there are no registration or tuition fees for selected participants.