Role of Water-Energy-Food Nexus for achieving food security in a changing climate for Pakistan
Meeting platform: Zoom (Will be shared soon), By invitation only
Join us for an Independent Dialogue convened by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and partners to discuss water‐energy‐food (WEF) nexus approaches to achieve food systems transformation in Pakistan. Insights emerging from this national, multi‐stakeholder forum will be presented to the United Nations Food System Summit (UNFSS) in September 2021. Transforming #foodsystems is among the most powerful ways to make progress towards all 17 #SDGS. Expected key outcome of this dialogue would be getting involved and sharing the views of stakeholders across Pakistan on sustainable foods systems transformation and importance of WEF nexus in a changing climate. Reaching a common understanding of the challenges and finding local solutions to the challenges facing food and water systems transformation along with attendant issues of water security for a range of other sectors will be explored.
The session is designed to be interactive, allowing for small group discussion, collective brainstorming, and agenda‐setting. As the region maps out the road to UNFSS 2021, this Dialogue will focus on the role of water and energy in food systems transformation. Speakers and panellists from across the world and the region will discuss how systems transformation for equitable food and water security in Pakistan can be achieved. The dialogue will provide a knowledge platform to better understand water‐energy‐food nexus under a changing climate and guidance to develop more climate‐resilient water and land solutions at multiple scales (farm, irrigation system, basin, country, and regional) in Indus Basin. The outcome of this dialogue will support climate adaptation interventions at various scales leading to reduce water consumption from the agriculture sector in the Indus Basin.
This dialogue is based on invitation and participants are expected to present from Key line Ministries and Agencies of Pakistan Government, National Research Institutions, , FAO, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Universities, NGO’s, Private Sectors and Development Partners including CG Centers (IFPRI, ICARDA, and CIMMYT).
Provisional program: Curators: Dr Mohsin Hafeez, CR, IWMI Pakistan
|Introduction, scene-setting, and order of the day||Curator||mins|
|The Road to UNFSS2021: Achieving water and food security||Video from Joachim von Braun (Chair of the Scientific Group for the UNFSS)||3-5 mins|
|The Road to UNFSS2021: The role of water in food systems transformation||Dr Mark Smith (DG, IWMI)||10 mins|
|Progress and challenges in achieving SDG 2: Zero Hunger in Pakistan, and implications for water, energy and food security||Mr. Ghufran Memon, Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R)||10 mins|
|Introduction to break-out groups||Curator||5 mins|
|8 Breakout group discussion||All||75 mins|
|Plenary discussion on feedback from break-outs||All||30 mins|
|Wrap-up of key messages and next steps||TBC||10 mins|
Dialogue is expecting to gather around hundred participants/stakeholders of the region and discuss topic in identified following eight breakout working groups.
Thematic areas of breakout group discussions:
- Moving towards low carbon energy for food production
Key question: How can we sustainably produce more food in the region using low greenhouse gas energy sources?
- Climate change impacts on water and food security
Key question: How can we sustainably enhance food security without compromising water security in the context of climate change?
- Policy coherence and institutional coordination in water, food, energy and climate change that operationalize the WEF nexus
Key question: What practical steps can/should be taken to ensure policy coherence and institutional coordination to improve water, energy and food security in the region?
- Advancing technical WEF models, tools and frameworks for decision making at multiple scales
Key question: How can WEF nexus models/tools facilitate new understanding of interdependencies and trade‐offs in the WEF nexus, as well as foster data sharing and enhanced decision‐making in the region?
- Enhancing resilience of water system across multi‐sector (agriculture, domestic, industry and environment) demands:
Key question: How do we build more resilient food and livelihood systems while protecting critical water sources, biodiversity, and other ecosystem services while satisfying growing water demand?
- Socio‐Economic Benefits of WEF Nexus
Key question: What steps needs to be taken to assess the benefits and trade‐offs across sectors, especially from a socio‐economic point of view (employment, health, migration, equity, GDP, etc)?
- Community approaches to operationalise the WEF nexus
Key question: How can we promote equity and inclusion in WEF nexus governance to create opportunities for transformation towards more just food, water and energy systems?
- Trading in the WEF nexus across scales
Key question: How do we build resilience in interconnected food systems, from local to global scales?