Access to water, energy, and food, by region. Source: Authors, based on data from the World Bank (2019)
Investments in energy are urgently needed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Such investments can unlock access to water resources, increase food security, accelerate rural employment, and increase income. To achieve clean energy access and associated water and food security sustainably and equitably, the authors recommend that the Group of Twenty (G20): (1) develop an understanding of accessible water resources and optimal rural energy system sizing; (2) strengthen the enabling policy and financial environment for renewable energy systems; (3) increase investment in rural renewable energy systems that support productive use; (4) ensure that energy, water, and food policies and investments are gender sensitive; and (5) overcome siloed thinking to improve governance across the water, energy, and food sectors.
Energy; Food Security; Gender; Governance; Investment, Livelihoods; Policy; Water Productivity
Ringler, C.; Alqarawy, A. M.; Brent, W.; Collins, G.; Orengoh, P.; Scanlon, B.; Yaseen, L. 2021. Enhanced water security and energy access: Key investments for Sub Saharan Africa. Colombo, Sri Lanka: CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 9p.