Applying the water-energy-food nexus approach to catalyse transformational change in Africa

RES4Africa Foundation released “Applying the water-energy-food nexus approach to catalyse transformational change in Africa“, carried out in collaboration with OpenEconomics, with the technical support of FSAMGO International Research Groups, conducted a study on CEFA Onlus’ Ikondo-Matembwe project where the Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach has been applied. The study focuses in particular on the transformational and catalyzing effects on Africa’s energy transition, addressing on the one hand the key elements of the project’s success, and on the other its transformative impact.

First, the study quantifies and evaluates what positive development impact a RE-based WEF Nexus project like Ikondo-Matembwe can engender in a local community through a micro-economic and macro-economic analysis. At the micro-economic level, the WEF Nexus acts as a multiplier effect and key enabler for socio-economic development that scales up the supply of basic services such as water access and increased productivity of agriculture that are made possible through their synergic relationship with energy. Those benefits confirm that a scale-up context like the WEF Nexus engenders a chain of diffusion of both general and specific technologies and enhance cascading benefits in terms of value added, production and income distribution as well as contributions to sustainable development goals.

Second, the analysis addresses the transformative impact that could be generated from locally based on synergic components that enable greater production and fuel development of demand through increases in incomes, employment opportunities and improvement in the quality of life.

The study concludes with a series of policy recommendations for greater applicability of the WEF Nexus in rural Africa.