It was in 2014 that I first came into contact with Paul Yillia, from Sustainable Energy for All at that time, who introduced me to the nexus – the virtuous circle between water, energy and food.
Originally published in the ESI Africa weekly newsletter on 2019/06/12 – subscribe today
Today everything I read comes back to this all-important topic – even the UN’s World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (#2019WDCD), which is set to explode on your social media streams on Monday, 17 June.
The message for 2019 is “Let’s grow the future together” and brings attention to the fact that the decay of the land is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations.
With a bit of research, I’ve learnt that desertification does not refer to the expansion of existing deserts but rather to the impact of deforestation, overgrazing, and abysmal irrigation practices.
Food security is a considerable concern, and in our haste to supply sufficient food for our populations, are we inadvertently contributing to desertification and drought conditions? The UN has closely linked desertification with global climate change and, in my mind, it comes back to the nexus.
The Institute for Global Prosperity in the UK asks an intriguing question: How can entrepreneurs help to prevent deforestation, combat desertification and protect biodiversity?
However, I’d ask how we can use what we already know from the nexus principles to stay the impact and even reverse some of the damage caused by desertification?
Until next week.