This publication, developed in collaboration with Enel Foundation, is the second of a series of annual features that focus on strategic perspectives and themes for Africa’s sustainable energy future. Africa's Future Counts looks at the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and how it reveals opportunities to overcome Africa's energy access gaps. The WEF Nexus offers an innovative perspective on bridging the energy access gap by considering energy as an enabler for development and by emphasizing the interdependencies between water, energy and food supply systems.
This edition also includes four visionary statements from Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission; the late Kofi Annan, Founder and Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation and Former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank; and Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Energy acts as an enabler of increased food security, agricultural productivity and improved access of water resources. The WEF nexus has the transformative power to build new energy access markets, to increase economic productive capacity and set African communities and economies on a path towards to sustainable development and the meeting of the SDGs. Renewables-based WEF Nexus approaches can be instrumental to achieve universal access to energy across the continent.
With its flagship publication, RES4Africa Foundation also intends to offer its contribution to the international debate surrounding the United Nation’s 7th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7), “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” as well as SDG 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” and SDG 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”.