Southern Africa is a region comprised of 16 countries with more than 345 million inhabitants. Agriculture accounts for 20% of the region’s GDP and more than 70% of the population depend on the sector, mostly rainfed.

Water resources are unevenly distributed among the region, in addition, deteriorating water access and quality together with competing user groups, such as industrial, domestic and agricultural demand threaten the food security of the region. Only 5% of the rural population has access to electricity. Integrated planning of water, food and energy sectors and promoting regional cooperation has been considered as a strategy to meet water, energy and food security targets, while improving natural resource use efficiencies in the region and reducing social inequality.

Together with the partner Southern African Development Community and the implementing agency Global Water Partnership Southern Africa, the project aims at create an enabling environment that will drive cross-sectoral engagement and implementation of nexus investment projects that contribute to enhancing water, food and energy security in Southern Africa.

event 26 Jul 2021 30 Jul 2021

Hybrid Winter School // First WEF-Nexus Winter School for Southern Africa

The first WEF Nexus Winter School or short course designed specifically for Southern Africa will take place from 26 - 30 July 2021 in Pretoria, South…


Kidanemariam Jembere Tiruneh
Technical Advisor


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