- Penn State strategic plan: Penn State has made a commitment to being a leader in creating comprehensive solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change and address the challenges of providing safe and abundant water, clean and renewable energy sources, and plentiful and nutritious food
- LandscapeU: Penn State’s NRT-INFEWS entitled LandscapeU focuses on “transdisciplinary learning outcomes” in the Chesapeake Bay
- Alliance for Africa Project: seeks to promote sustainable, effective, and equitable long-term partnerships among African institutions, Michigan State University, and other international collaborators. The AAP strives to build networks across all sectors (universities, NGOs, government, and private sector) to engage with development challenges that fall within our thematic areas
- ARISEE platform: funded and hosted by MSU-AAP and by Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, which proposes to bring researchers from multiple African nations together to document best strategies for sustainable agricultural intensification on the continent, using agro-ecological principles
- Water Science Network: an effort to link the many water-related research and programs across MSU’s campus. The Network’s goal is to build rapid synergies and working relationships among faculty, facilitate joint research grants, and promote MSU as a center of excellence in water
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
- Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning system (LEAP): a powerful, versatile software system for integrated energy planning and climate change mitigation assessment developed at SEI US
- Water Evaluation and Planning tool (WEAP): a software tool for integrated water resources planning. It provides a comprehensive, flexible and user-friendly framework for policy analysis
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
- The Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development(PAEPARD): objective is to facilitate multi-actor Africa-Europe partnerships in the field of agricultural research for development (RAD) in order to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which have since September 2015 become the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Strengthening Universities Capacities for Mitigating Climate Change Induced Water Vulnerabilities in East Africa (WATERCAP): Goal of mainstreaming climate change and involving universities in climate change adaptation in Africa. WATERCAP has continued to provide opportunities and new strategies through its networking approach to secure technologies for leveraging smallholder farmers to improve their resilience
- Long-term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (Leap4FNSSA): a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) whose main objective is to provide a tool for European and African institutions to engage in a Sustainable Partnership Platform for research and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security, and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
- Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TaGDEV): aims to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation
- Social and Environmental Tradeoffs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL): aims to understand the challenges, trade-offs and synergies inherent in working towards these development goals in sub-Saharan Africa
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
- Assessing the State of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in South Africa WRC K5/2790/4: The general aim of the project is to conduct a review of available information and knowledge about the Water – Energy – Food nexus in South Africa. Secondly, the project also aims to conduct a state-of-the-art literature review on past, present and ongoing work on the Water – Energy – Food nexus focusing on current status, potential, challenges and opportunities for intersectoral WEF Nexus planning
- Exploring the evidence of water energy food nexus K5/2718: Establishing the state of the art of Water Energy Food nexus research and understanding in South Africa as a guide for future research projects
- From theory to practice: developing a case study and guidelines for WEF nexus: Developing WEF nexus tools to conduct a regional assessment for Southern Africa for achievement of water, energy and food security; sustainable natural resources management and job and wealth creation
- EU Nexus Cluster; SIM4Nexus: aims to predict society-wide impacts of resource use and relevant policies on sectors such as agriculture, water, biodiversity and ecosystem services through a model-based analysis
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- Advancing Research on Nutrition and Agriculture (ARENA): objective of ARENA is to close important knowledge gaps on the links between nutrition and agriculture, with a particular focus on conducting policy-relevant research at scale and crowding in more research on this issue by creating data sets and analytical tools that can benefit the broader research community
- Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Nexus Generation (Africa Rising): offers demand-driven, locally tailored, and resource-saving agricultural innovations for sustainable intensification to improve household welfare and at the same time enhance sustainability. The program works at the scale of smallholder farm household and, as necessary, at the landscape level
- Assessment of the Roles of Irrigation for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: several studies have moved this topic forward, but much of this work has yet to be implemented. IFPRI is currently looking into various funding opportunities for this work. The analysis will use multi data analyses, modeling tools as well as qualitative tools to assess the role of irrigation in CSA in Africa south of the Sahara. Many of the supporting tools have already been developed and are listed in the set of outputs
- Enhancing Groundwater Simulation in the Impact-Water Model: This study develops a spatially explicit groundwater balance module, including groundwater storage dynamics in shallow and deep aquifers and recharge and discharge processes taking place in shallow aquifers, using existing hydrological and hydrogeological information for major aquifers around the world.
- Ethiopian Energy Development Strategy: aims to provide evidence-based policy recommendations for optimal use of the country’s energy resources to improve electricity access, promote energy security and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to contribute to mitigating climate change. It contributes to the design of policies and strategies that minimize investment risk for scaling up clean technologies for power generation in Ethiopia
- Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Small Scale Irrigation (ILSSI): a five-year project that aims to benefit farmers of Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania by improving effective use of scarce water supplies through interventions in small-scale irrigation. It is a part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
- Research for development (R4D): emphasis in partnerships for delivery, capacity building for students (particularly MSc and PhD students) and early career scientists like post-doctoral fellows
- Partnership for Delivery (P4D): Intended to help strengthen IITA’s capacity on the science of scaling and delivery within the Institute.=
- Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT): supports Feed Africa by providing the needed, proven agricultural and food processing technologies and implementation strategies for inclusion within the Bank’s loans to Regional Member Countries (RMCs)
- Empowering Novel Agri-Business Led-Employment” (ENABLE-Youth): goal is to expand opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness to youth as a means to advance rural livelihoods and economic development across Africa
United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
- The Pan African Cooperation and Educational Technologies (PACET): aims to strengthen research, educational and institutional capacities of UNU-EHS in Africa. The program fosters cooperation between UNU and African institutions in higher education, research, policy and practice to develop innovative methods and appropriated solutions to address challenges particularly in the frame of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- EduSphere: conceptualizes and generates eLearning materials in relation to the core competencies of UNU-EHS. Its multimedia lab is equipped with appropriate hard- and software components to support the design and development of multimedia based educational resources for online and offline purposes
- The “Agrophotovoltaics for Mali and The Gambia: Sustainable Electricity Production by Integrated Food, Energy and Water Systems” (APV-MaGa) project aims at establishing Agrophotovoltaics as a sustainable energy system that provides food, water and electricity to the local population while increasing resilience of the agriculture sector against climate change.
- The “Researchers back to the secondary school – Renewable energy powered water-food-economy nexus for the sustainable livelihood at Dosso Region in Niger” (Re-To-Dosso) project aims at demonstrating that a solar system not only improves water, electricity and food supply, but also strengthens the rural economy and is a worthwhile business model for local investors.
Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES)
- Capacity development programmes aimed at addressing junior professional and technician level capacity: works to enhance human, institutional and knowledge-based capacity of African institutions, guided by the African Union-NEPAD Capacity Development Strategic Framework (CDSF), adopted in 2010.
- WEF Nexus assessments in the Blue Nile, Lake Victoria, Zambezi, Gambia, Niger, and Senegal river basins
West Africa Science Service Center on Climate Change (WASCAL)
- WASCAL observation networks : a multi-stakeholder framework of observatories & sensors which shares data, co-designs and co-implements observation activities such as i) rehabilitation of sites ii) increasing the number of stations; iii) digitizing paper/microfiche archives of data; iv) improving data processing techniques; and v) train technical staff involved in observations & related services.
- WASCAL CoC: Competence Centre, scientific arm of WASCAL
- 12 PhD and Master Programmes
- Youth and young leaders programs: innovate dynamic, topical and creative methods and opportunities to facilitate young leaders with the fundamental 21st century skills needed to move forward as employable individuals ready to face the demands of the future
WEF Nexus Index Tool
This is a country-level composite indicator developed using the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus as its guiding framework.