Water-Energy-Food in the Context of Climate Change

Even though the bottom half of South African households spend  30–50% of their income on food, one quarter of South African children aged 0-5 are stunted due to malnutrition. This is just one example of how the interaction of the water, food, and energy systems with the economy and the global environment impact people. They sit at the heart of Southern Africa’s current challenges. To complicate this picture, energy and food production are the dominant sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the region.

This work stream will assess this complicated interacting food, energy, and water system nexus to provide potential solutions to regional challenges and combat climate change. This will mean special attention will be paid to opportunities to solve these crises with green investments and renewable energy sources.

A non-sectoral approach

One of the novel aspects of this work stream is that it engages with other work streams to better align food and agriculture policies with employment and social protection policies. This approach differs from a previous understanding that solutions to energy issues, or water issues, could be applied to single sectors. Solutions are better applied, and more relevant to policymakers, holistically —water, energy, malnutrition, and health and wellbeing are all interconnected issues that also impact job creation, the economy, etc.

Advancements in research

Phase I of this work stream saw the development of SATIM-GE, a linked energy–economy-wide model, for the analysis of energy policies. Phase II will build on this success and develop an integrated agriculture/food/water-CGE model for exploring different policy issues in food and agriculture, land reform, and water conservation. These models will facilitate research that can lead to realistic strategies for policy implementation in a context of climate change.

Report
A partnership between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), National Treasury’s (NT) SA TIED research projects, the National Planning Commission (NPC), and the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) was formed to assess what level of...
December 2023
Climate and energy
News
SA-TIED
SA-TIED representatives recently participated in the Inequality, Work, and Nature Conference , held on 8 and 9 November 2023. This collaborative effort, led by The Presidency, The EU, and the African Centre of Excellence for...
November 2023
Climate and energy
Reform implementation
Technical workshop
10 Nov 2023 / 10:00 to 15:35
Climate and energy
The Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme will host a work-in-progress workshop for Workstream 5: Food, Energy, and Water in a Context of Climate Change at Stellenbosch University. This workshop, scheduled for...
News
SA-TIED
SA-TIED marked a significant milestone on 13 October 2023, by hosting an inaugural National Treasury Secure Data Facility (NTSDF) data lab roadshow at the University of Pretoria . The event featured a presentation by the...
October 2023
Enterprise development
Public revenue
Labour market and inequality
Macro-fiscal analysis
Climate and energy
Reform implementation
Technical workshop
12 May 2023 / 11:00 to 17:00
Climate and energy
Date: Friday, 12 May 2023 Time: 10:00am–16:00 GMT +2 Location: Development Bank of Southern Africa On 12 May 2023, the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme will host a work in progress...
News
SA-TIED
Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) is a collaboration between the South African Government and several academic and research organizations, including IFPRI. It aims to use research to help answer some of the...
March 2022
Climate and energy
News
SA-TIED
Since 2013, the Government of South Africa, IFPRI researchers, and partners have collaborated to assess the role of water infrastructure in adapting to potential climate change impacts. The findings and recommendations of this research have...
March 2022
Climate and energy
News
SA-TIED
To showcase key lessons from SA-TIED phase I, the programme produced a series of eight videos that feature the major accomplishments from each of the six work streams and the data lab. Watch all eight...
February 2022
Enterprise development
Public revenue
Labour market and inequality
Macro-fiscal analysis
Climate and energy
Reform implementation
Phase 1 regional growth
Report
SA-TIED
This report is a summary of the SA-TIED programme’s major research contributions to the policy environment. These contributions are not policy proposals, but are meant to inform the policymaking process and fill important gaps in...
January 2022
Enterprise development
Public revenue
Macro-fiscal analysis
Labour market and inequality
Climate and energy
Phase 1 regional growth
Working paper
Dolapo Enahoro, Jason Sircely, Randall B. Boone, Stephen Oloo, Adam M. Komarek, Sirak Bahta, Mario Herrero, Karl M. Rich
The demand for livestock-derived foods has steadily grown over the past decades and rising incomes and human populations are expected to see demand further increase. It is unclear if current livestock feed resources are adequately...
June 2021
Climate and energy
Working paper
Raphael Payet-Burin and Kenneth Strzepek
Analyses for water infrastructure investment planning must consider the interdependencies of local and regional water, energy, food, and environmental systems. This highly complex decision problem requires decision support tools to objectively determine the multi-sector economic...
May 2021
Climate and energy
In the media
SA-TIED
During a speech to parliament on Thursday, South Africa’s Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, discussed the important work being carried out by the Southern Africa – Towards Inclusive Economic Development (SA-TIED) programme. Mboweni highlighted the achievements...
May 2021
Enterprise development
Public revenue
Labour market and inequality
Macro-fiscal analysis
Climate and energy
Reform implementation