Exploring agroforestry in the water-energy-food nexus

Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID

Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID

With the global population increasing and our climate changing, now more than ever we need to halt the overexploitation of natural resources which supply us with water, energy and food, and manage these resources sustainably.

For smallholder farmers across the developing world, this need is perhaps most critical, for without a secure food supply, access to clean water and sources of energy, their livelihoods are threatened.

But sustainability cannot be achieved by managing water, energy, food and the environment in isolation. Policies and decisions need to be integrated across these sectors if they are to fully benefit humans and the environment.

The international conference Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus from 19-20 May 2014 in Bonn, Germany is expected to discuss how linkages across key natural resource sectors can provide a win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability.

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