event 07 апр. 2022 time 09:00 CEST

Stakeholder Session // Water-Energy-Food Nexus research in Southern Africa

An online kick-off workshop will take place on April 7 2022 for all selected research project consortia and external stakeholders. Project partners and stakeholders from research, policy and practice are invited to take part in this kick-off meeting.

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7 April 2022 | 09:00 - 13:00 CEST / SAST

Aim of the Meeting

This meeting is part of a two-day workshop, during which the project teams will get to know each other, share knowledge, look for potential synergies and work on strengthening the impact plans of their projects. With the WEF projects as a strong foundation and starting point, the intention at this meeting is to:

  • Investigate the options of creating a knowledge network that should attract other researchers and potential end-users and link to adjacent initiatives to maximise relevance.
  • Exchange, use and scaling of the research.
  • Research plans will be presented as input for deliberations about research inception, policy dialogues and joint programme activities.
  • Identify cross-linkages and develop joint pathways to outcomes for the programme.

About the Calls & Granted Projects

The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and Dutch Research Council (NWO) granted two projects in the first call for proposals (2020) and two more in the second call for proposals (2021) of the Cooperation South Africa-The Netherlands research programme. The projects target solutions that balance trade-offs and amplify synergies between the food, water, and energy sectors.

Consortium partners: University of Western Cape, Western Cape Economic Development Partnership, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Association of Dutch Water Authorities, Vitens N.V

  • Water-Energy-Food communities in South Africa: multi-actor nexus governance for social justice?
    Principal investigators: Dr Marjanneke Vijge (Utrecht University) & Professor Willemien du Plessis (North-West University)

Consortium partners: University of Groningen, University of Fort Hare, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa

About the granted projects in 2020

  • Ecological Community Engagements: Imagining sustainability and the water-energy-food nexus in urban South African environments (Eco-Imagining)
    Principal investigators: Professor Lenore Manderson (University of the Witwatersrand) & Professor Eileen Moyer (University of Amsterdam)

Consortium partners: University of Limpopo, University of Fort Hare, Ruliv, Rand Water, Hannelie Coetzee Visual Art, Gender CC, South African Weather Service (SAWS), IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, University of Groningen and Research Center for Material Culture

  • Longue Durée of WEF in post-extraction landscapes - WEF POST LONGUE DURÉE: Learning from Gauteng and Limpopo Regions to develop an interdisciplinary approach
    Principal investigators: Professor Fransje Hooimeijer (Delft University of Technology) & Associate Professor Hannah le Roux (University of the Witwatersrand)

Consortium partners: University of Venda, Wits Mining Institute, Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO), Wits History Workshop, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, Studio Hartzema and URBANIAHOEVE

About the granted projects in 2021


The Dutch Research Council (NWO), through the Merian Fund, and the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa support a long-term scientific collaboration in the Water, Energy and Food (WEF) nexus field. By issuing calls for proposals regularly and by inviting consortia in which researchers from knowledge institutions from both countries work together with societal partners from public, semi-public and private organisations, NWO and the NRF hope to provide effective contributions to support transformations towards sustainability and gradually expand the knowledge base on the WEF nexus field.

Merian Fund

This programme falls under the Merian Fund. This is a fund for international cooperation with important science countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.

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Register for the event here.

After registration, you will recieve an email with the programme.

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