Welcome to Water and Energy for Food. Our Introductory Week, held September 8th to the 11th, brought together more than 175 attendees from around the world to discuss the water-energy-food nexus. Our presenters included those who worked on our predecessors Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge (SWFF) and Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge (PAEGC), innovators, WE4F team members, and our Donor Partners.
Each session focused on how to develop better water-energy-food programming. SWFF and PAEGC’s webinars shared on the lessons learned and key recommendations from final evaluation teams, innovators, and their Technical Assistance Facilities. Our closing and opening sessions welcomed attendees into the WE4F program, sharing why our program is necessary and how different stakeholders can get involved. Throughout the week, our webinars engaged with audiences through so many insightful questions, that we couldn’t answer them all. You can find our responses to those unanswered questions below, next to the corresponding webinar.
We hope you find the sessions as useful as we did. If you’re interested in learning more, please make sure to join us for the Hub Kickoff Calls.
Below are the recorded Introductory Week webinars:
WE4F brings together governmental agencies, the private and public sectors, and other partners to increase agricultural yields and water and energy efficiency. Join us for the official launch of WE4F to explore the program’s objectives, goals, and activities.
Securing Water for Food had its share of successes, failures, challenges, and pivots. Join SWFF Team Lead Dr. Ku McMahan for a conversation about SWFF’s lessons learned and what they mean for future water-agriculture nexus programming.
The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) will present its findings of Powering Agriculture’s programmatic impact and a panel of innovators will discuss how the program affected them.
Powering Agriculture worked tirelessly to meet its goals, and IDA’s evaluation confirms it. Join Powering Agriculture Team Lead, Augusta Abrahmse, as she shares Powering Agriculture’s successes and recommendations for future programming.
Securing Water for Food and Powering Agriculture had a similar mission: to decrease natural resource usage while increasing agricultural yields. However, the two programs differed in their approach. Join technical assistance facilitators and innovators from both programs for a discussion on why they chose their approaches and the lessons learned.
As Water and Energy for Food continues on our path forward, we are looking for new partners to work with us as we scale innovations and improve enabling environments. In this session, attendees and donors engage in a conversation on developing partnerships and next steps.