The Food Transition and the Changing Water-Energy-Food Nexus of Sub Saharan Africa

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


Starting from the narrative Africa rising – but what about the rural poor?, we try to use the interlinked flow of environmental resources (the ‘nexus’) to study the complexity of the water-energy-food systems and their impact in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Our research interest is to better understand the interlinked nature of socio-ecological transition processes to sustainable development and climate adaptation.
We study the pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2030 in SSA on basis of reported data. With increasing worldwide household incomes, a higher diversification in people’s diet is found and people often choose a more Western diet above their traditional diet. This food transition will have strong competitive effects on the SDGs, in temporal and spatial divergent patterns of urban and rural areas. To understand how these changes in resource flows affect environmental pressure, we study data from literature and reported open data (FAO, WorldBank) of eight low-income countries in SSA. To evaluate the socio-economic changes as an important aspect often ignored, we also include the human development index (HDI) in our analysis.
Period27 May 2019
Event titleManagement, Science and Technology: MST Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
LocationHeerlen, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionLocal