Volume 12 | February 2021
February 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
1st Water Energy Food (WEF) Nexus Winter School for Southern Africa

WEF Nexus has announced the call for applications for the 1st Winter School, going to be held in South Africa from 25-31 July 2021. This Winter School aims to improve evidence-based decision-making capacities of early career researchers, postgraduates, managers, and practitioners towards achieving simultaneous WEF securities, sustainable natural resources management, socio-economic developments, understanding WEF trade-offs and synergies, innovating through the WEF nexus for job and wealth creation, and linking science to informing policy and decision-making in their respective countries. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2021.

COVID-19 and the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Africa: Evidence from Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania
By: Oludare Sunday Durodola, Victo Nabunya, Margaret Sima Kironde, Chinedu Miracle Nevo, Joash Bwambale

Water, energy, and food are necessary resources for wellbeing and economic development. The physical and economic access to these resources in most Sub-Saharan countries remains very low while the outbreak of COVID19 is projected to worsen the situation. Therefore, this study aims to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on access to water, energy, and food as well as to identify innovations in water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices and examine the current policy interventions in Nigeria, Uganda, and Tanzania.

KALRO Launches Drought Resistant Rice, Doubles Basmati Yield

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) has launched a new rice variety, Komboka, that promises farmers to double the yields of presently available cultivars. It is drought-resistant, needing less water to grow which makes it possible to be grown in untraditional rain-fed lowland regions.

Featured Events
Nexus webinar series: FAO-SEI-KTH WEF Nexus webinar series:

This FAO series — organized in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology — introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond.

Webinar taking place February 2nd- March 30th, registration is required.

Transformative Processes for the Management of the WEF Nexus and the Advancement of the SDGs in Sub-Saharan Africa Summer School Application

Young researchers based in or originating from sub-Saharan Africa together with young researchers from Germany are invited to apply for this virtual WEF Nexus summer school. The event will take place online and run from the evening of March 7th to March 12th 2021. It is organized by Osnabrück University (DE), Rhodes University (SA), University of Cape Town (SA) and University of Kwazulu-Natal (SA), Co-hosted online by The Integrated Assessment Society e.V. (DE) and sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation’s program Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
March 7th to March 12th.

Water Security and Climate Change Conference

The Water Security and Climate Change conference (WSCC) is an annual event where scientists, policy makers and stakeholders from various sectors discuss the diverse facets of water security and its relation to climate variability and change.
March 1-4, 2021 ( Registration Required)

Featured Publication
A Review of the Water–Energy–Food Nexus Research in Africa

The review results confirmed that, whilst the WEF nexus scholarship has expanded since 2013, there is also evidence of growth in the conceptual, intellectual and social structures of the WEF nexus in the African continent. These shifts have resulted in the emergence of hot topics (subfields) including modelling and optimization, climate variability and change, environmental ecosystem services sustainability, and sustainable development and livelihoods. 

To learn more about this publication click here!
Jobs and Internship Opportunities
Hydrology PhD Student at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research- South Africa
At PIK, researchers in the natural and social sciences from all over the world work closely together to study global change and its impacts on ecological, economic and social systems. Researchers examine the earth system's capacity for withstanding human interventions and devise strategies and options for a sustainable development of humankind and nature. Interdisciplinary and solution-oriented approaches are a distinctive characteristic of the institute.

CGIAR Independent Science for Development Council: Innovation Systems and/or Development Specialist; Agriculture, ecology and/or Ecosystems Specialist; Plant Breeding Specialist.

The Independent Science for Development Council (ISDCis a standing panel of impartial, world-class science and innovation experts providing rigorous, independent strategic advice to the CGIAR System Council and other stakeholders. ISDC contributes to the strategic and portfolio planning and positioning of CGIAR. ISDC provides an important advisory function that is integral to the governance of One CGIAR. It is vital therefore that ISDC includes skills, disciplines and backgrounds relevant to the One CGIAR agenda.

For more job, internships, or partnership opportunities visit the
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Featured Opportunities
RFA Information - Global Research Challenges for Development (GRCD) Award
This Request for Applications (RFA) on Global Research Challenges for Development (GRCD) is issued by the Long-term Assistance and Services for Research: Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (LASER PULSE) at Purdue University. LASER PULSE is a five-year activity implemented by a consortium comprising Purdue University (lead institution), the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University, Makerere University, and Catholic Relief Services. LASER PULSE is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Award Maximum: $200,000/ award.

Application deadline: March 19, 2021.