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Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |   9 Feb 2018

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus // Women’s Lens for Fisheries Security

By Marieta Baňez Sumagaysay. The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus, in an environment of increasing climate variability, is one lens which stakeholders must develop and embrace. Changes in the climate are intensifying the pressures on natural resources on which food production is primarily dependent. An increasing population further impacts on the ecosystem. The challenge is mounting on the fish drying food chain in Brgy Duljugan in Palompon, Leyte, Philippines. Heightening the women fish driers’ awareness about the nexus and strengthening their roles within the nexus are crucial towards attaining sustainable and resilient livelihoods. Likewise, policymakers’ appreciation of the WEF nexus is necessary as a basis for crafting integrated policies on climate, environment, and socio-economics.

Women fish dryers need to close the knowledge gaps in the WEF nexus. Fish drying is an energy-intensive production activity, yet the women whose lives revolve around fish drying are in energy-deficient coastal communities. Today, the method of dried fish production is highly dependent on the sun. Clean water supplies are inadequate. Incomes are not maximized due to the impact of climate variability on water and energy. It is imperative, therefore, to seriously consider wastewater management before wells dry up. Moreover, spoilage of fish that cannot be dried due to the unpredictable rains must be reduced by providing alternative gender-responsive technologies and/or common service facilities that will enable women fish dryers to benefit.


Asian Fisheries Society website (open access)


December 2017


Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries: Engendering Security in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Special Issue of Asian Fisheries Science 30S (2017): 221-229

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Policy Papers  |  , Resource  |  20 Feb 2018

Food-Migration Nexus // At the Root of Exodus: Food Security, Conflict and International Migration

This study by the World Food Programme aims at determining the role that food security and other factors play in compelling cross-border migration. Drawn from quantitative and qualitative research, the study gives voice to people...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  19 Feb 2018

Desalination // Solar desalination coupled with water remediation and molecular hydrogen production: a novel solar water-energy nexus

By Seonghun Kim, Guangxia Piao, Dong Suk Han, Ho Kyong Shonc and Hyunwoong Park. In this article, a novel sunlight-water-energy nexus technology is presented that combines the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) desalination of saline...› more

Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  , Resource  |  16 Feb 2018

Sustainability // Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots

The paper of Bassel Daher Rabi H. Mohtar , Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Kent E. Portney, Ronald Kaiserand Walid Saad explores the multiple dimensions of water, energy, and food systems and their interaction with government,...› more