Panel Discussion: The Water-Energy-Food-Population-Economy Nexus

The Food Security Program (FSP) hosted a panel that discussed “The Water-Energy-Food-Population-Economy Nexus: Lessons from the MENARA Research Project” at FAFS on June 6. Experts presented findings about expected economic, demographic and environmental trends and scenarios facing the MENA region through 2025, 2050 and 2100. Dr. Martin Keulertz, chair of the Food Security Program Executive Committee, opened the discussion with a presentation of the demographic and environmental implications of the Water-Energy-Food-Population-Economy Nexus. Dr. Eckart Woertz, Senior Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), offered an analysis of the economic and political implications of the Nexus. Prof. Sophia Burke, Community Interest Company (AmbioTEK) and Dr. Arnout van Soesbergen, Department of Geography at King’s College London (KCL), demonstrated the MENARA policy tool via a shared-screen Skype call. Following the presentations, panelists and members of the audience discussed how the Nexus will shape the MENA region and how the MENARA policy tool can advise policymaking and meaningful debate. The MENARA research project was part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, and included 14 universities and research institutions from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.