Assessment // Rapid Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food-Climate Nexus in Six Selected Basins of North Africa and West Asia undergoing Transitions and Scarcity Threats
By Caroline King and Hadi Jaafar. Existing strategies for management of water scarcity in the Middle East and North Africa negotiate a complex system of trade-offs between water, energy, and food production. The effects of rural households' green water management practices on basin-level water, energy, food and carbon stocks and flows are sketched qualitatively in six basin agro-ecosystems. The case for increased strategic support for green agricultural water management practices appears stronger when weighed from the nexus perspective, rather than purely from the point of view of water balance and food production. Trade-offs under critical transitions affecting agricultural water use are explored, and the scope for quantitative monitoring is discussed.