A new report released by REEEP – the Renewable Energy and Energy
Efficiency Partnership – shows how businesses can take the lead in
creating sustainable solutions within the water-energy-food nexus. But
governments must do more to help small businesses benefit from the value
added of integrated thinking about water, energy, and food.
Understanding the inter-linkages between water resources, energy
production and food security – the “water-energy-food nexus” – and
managing them holistically is critical to global sustainability. The
report, Making the Case: How Agrifood Firms are Building New Business
Cases in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, focuses specifically on the
food-producing agriculture sector, the single most prominent subsector
of the water-energy-food equation. The report describes in some detail
four models: two examples from a large enterprise and two examples
involving micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs). The large
enterprise featured, the beverage company SABMiller plc, is well
on its way to creating value through nexus-driven solutions.
MSMEs, however, still face tremendous challenges in recognizing nexus
opportunities, developing solutions, attracting investment and
generating appropriate returns. Still, some SMEs are making strides, as
REEEP project partners Futurepump Ltd and Mercy Corps have
demonstrated with their disruptive clean energy-based solutions for
small-scale irrigation and soy processing, respectively. But the
experiences of both should cause policy makers to re-think how
governments in most countries currently approach the water-energy-food
nexus and give their businesses the building blocks they need to bring
sustainable nexus solutions from the classroom to the community.
Making the Case was commissioned by the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to inform their global work on
advocating for “nexus thinking” in agriculture and food production.
Making the Case can be found at www.reeep.org/nexus.
REEEP is an international non-profit organization that advances
markets for clean energy in developing countries. There, we build scale
by connecting funding to projects, practice to knowledge and knowledge
REEEP uses donor funding to support a portfolio of high potential
ventures that create energy access and combat climate change, often
attracting private finance. REEEP monitors and evaluates projects within
their policy, financial and commercial environments to gain insight into
opportunities and barriers. REEEP feeds this knowledge back into the
project, the portfolio and the policy framework to continuously advance
markets for clean energy.
Copyright Business Wire 2014