Research and Publications



​Research Clusters

1. Smart Farming

  • Machi​ne Learning approaches to reduce water and energy consumption in field irrigation
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered arable farming service

2. Renewable Energy

  • Climate control towards sustainable poultry production

3. Fate of Antibiotics

  • Antibiotics in soil; their uptake by vegetable crops, production quality, soil microbiology, and removal through advanced oxidation

4. Sheep of the Future

  • Toward a new coupling of pastoralism, ecosystems, and​ consumers in an age of environmental degradation

5. Improved Water and Energy Use

  • Recycling food waste ​for better production and healthier food​

6. Food System-Based Prototype

  • Healthy, Sustainable and Safe Diets (HeSSaD): the case of school-aged children in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon​

7. The 3Rs: Reduce, Recover, Recycle

  • Food waste management initiative

8. Integrating the WEFRAH Nexus

  • Humanitarian engineering, capacity building, field deployment​


​Caroline King-Okumu, Hadi Jaafar, Abdrabbo A. A. Shehata Aboukheira, Mongi Benzaied, Joy Obando and Ahmed Hannachi. 2019. Tracing the trade-offs at the energy-water-environment nexus in drought-prone urbanising regions​. Arabian Journal of Geosciences. (download)​

Roya Mourad, Hadi H.Jaafar and Nuhad Daghir​. 2019. New estimates of water footprint for animal products in fifteen countries of the Middle East and North Africa (2010–2016). Water Resources and Industry. DOI: 10.1016/j.wri.2019.100113. (download)

Farah Naja, Lamis Jomaa, Leila Itani, Jeremy Zidek, Sibelle El Labban, Abla Mehio Sibai and Nahla Hwalla. 2018. Environmental footprints of food consumption and dietary patterns among Lebanese adults: a cross-sectional study. Nutrition Journal. DOI: 10.1186/s12937-018-0393-3. (download​)​

Bassel Daher. 2018. Understanding a Water, Energy, and Food Hotspot in San Antonio, Texas​.​​ Futurearth: research for global sustainability. (download)​

Rachel Bahn, Sibelle El Labban and Nahla Hwalla. 2018. Impacts of shifting to healthier food consumption patterns on environmental sustainability in MENA countries. Sustainability Science. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-018-0600-3. ​(do​​w​nload)​​

Bassel Daher, Rabi H. Mohtar et al. 2018. Multi-stakeholder Dialogue: Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus and Implementing the SDGs. IWRA Policy Brief No. 2. (download​)​​

Anne Dare and Rabi H. Mohtar. 2018. Farmer perceptions regarding irrigation with treated wastewater in the West Bank, Tunisia, and Qatar, Water International, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2018.1453012. (download​)

Raya Marina Stephan, Rabi H. Mohtar, Bassel Daher, Antonio Embid Irujo, Astrid Hillers, J. Carl Ganter, Louise Karlberg, Liber Martin, Saeed Nairizi, Diego J. Rodriguez, & Will Sarni. 2018. Water–energy–food nexus: a platform for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Water International, DOI: 10.1080/02508060.2018.1446581. (download)

Bassel Daher, Rabi H. Mohtar, Efstratios N. Pistikopoulos, Kent E. Portney, Ronald Kaiser, Walid Saad. 2018. Developing Socio-Techno-Economic-Political (STEP) Solutions for Addressing Resource Nexus Hotspots. Sustainability, 10, 512; doi:10.3390/su10020512. (download)

Bassel Daher, Sanghyun Lee, Rabi H. Mohtar, Jeremiah O. Asaka, and Stacy D. VanDeveer. 2018. Security, climate change, and the resource nexus. Chapter 4 in Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus. Editors Raimund Bleischwitz, Holger Hoff, Catalina Spataru, Ester van der Voet, Stacy D. VanDeveer. Routledge, UK and NY, 26 pages. ISBN: 978-1-138-67549-0. (download​​​)​

Caroline King and Hadi Jaafar. 2015. ​Rapid assessment of the water–energy–food–climate nexus in six selected basins of North Africa and West Asia undergoing transitions and scarcity threats​. International Journal of Water Resources Development. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2015.1026436. (download​)

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