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22 Feb 12

Multi-Lateral Banks Common approach on Water and Food Security

The Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) heads agreed to develop a joint action plan, stressing the need to reduce food price volatility and improve food and water security in coordination with the Group of Twenty (G-20). The 3-year action plan focuses on four priority areas: Supporting food access for poor and vulnerable people, addressing food market volatility, financing investments and promoting policy frameworks to improve agricultural productivity, and helping countries allocate water efficiently across sectors, and supporting the agricultural sector in using water productively throughout the value chain.


Julia Bucknall, Head of Water, The World Bank


African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), World Bank

Further Reading

25 Aug 14

China’s rapidly growing economy is very quickly testing the limits of its resource constraints. While China is home to a quarter of the world’s population, it is endowed with disproportionately less arable land, oil and water. By Julian L. Wong.

20 Mar 12

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlights “nexus approach” while urging that environmental, social and economic aspects of development be integrated

08 Nov 11

The water, food, energy nexus approach puts a great deal of emphasis on increasing efficiency within production; however, it also must be applied to consumption in order to lower increasing demand from population and economic growth, according to Holger Hoff, senior research fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute and lead author of the nexus background report for the Bonn2011 Conference.

NEXUS in the Media

25 Jun 13


These seem to be three different concepts. But these increasingly hot button issues are interdependent.

20 Oct 14


Siberian wildfires so intense they melted the permafrost beneath them. Flooding in Alberta that paralyzed a major city. Toxic algae blooms in Lake Winnipeg that have grown 1,000 per cent since 1990.

07 Aug 13


What do climate change, water and energy have in common? These seem to be three different concepts. Yet these increasingly hot button issues are, in fact, interdependent. Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water is used in nearly all energy processes, from extraction to electricity production. Energy is used to create fresh water—a process known as desalination. A carbon-intensive energy sector leads to climate change, which, in turn, increases the risks of both water stress and floods, thus affecting water supply and water quality.

16 Jun 14

The Guardian

The dramatic spike in resource use over the last two decades, particularly in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China, has exacerbated the threat of resource scarcity. And the world’s failure to curb emissions of greenhouse gases means that the impacts of climate change will be felt strongly across food, water and energy - the three dimensions of the “nexus”. It is unsurprising there are increasing calls for innovative ways of approaching these problems. In recent years, the nexus approach has attracted significant interest from international organisations, the private sector and other global players as a way of tackling the interdependencies between water, energy and food security. The urgent need for joined up approaches to policy and practice lies at the heart of nexus thinking. It’s an approach which applies at all levels of society; from local competition over access to water for irrigation or livestock, to global connections between policy on biofuels, food and water security. - By Michael Bradshaw, Declan Conway and Hayley Leck


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen
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