SummaryThe water-food-energy nexus is an approach to consider the interactions between water, food and energy, while taking into account the synergies and trade-offs that arise from the management of these three resources, and potential areas of conflict.
The objective of this study is to answer the following two questions. Is the nexus concept sufficiently developed to be used for evidence-based analyses to support the water-related policy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, where the main focus is on food policy? What are the essential elements of water, food security and energy to optimise the nexus system?
In this quick scan the nexus approach is operationalised as ‘the water-food-energy nexus approach’ implying that the system interactions (water/energy/food) are understood to enable that results/outcome in one domain (for example food/nutrition) can be reached through targeted interventions in other domains (in this example water and/or energy).
Wageningen Economic Research, Wageningen University & Research