Food Energy Environment Water Network

Project Information

2015 - Present
Harvesting Crops by World Bank
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Food, energy, environment and water are critical systems to both people and landscapes. Too often decisions are made in one domain without consideration of the effects in another. This narrow focus imposes costs and risks on all, but especially on the vulnerable in poor countries.

The FE2W Network works with decision-makers to improve the understanding of systemic risks and how to manage shocks across these systems. Our approach is founded on collaboration and an emphasis on poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods, and the need to maintain critical ecosystem services. We will engage with the people who make the decision from farmers to policy makers to consumers, and enable actions that result in improved long-term outcomes.

In the first operational phase of the Network’s operations we will focus on six regions: Colorado Basin (United States), Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin (South Asia), Mekong Basin (South-East Asia), Murray-Darling Basin (Australia), Nile Basin (East Africa), and Volta Basin (West Africa).

Three Components

Understand risks

to the security of food, energy, environment and water resources. The linkages across systems means that a narrowly focused approach to fixing one problem often exacerbates stresses elsewhere. For example, subsidised electricity for poor farmers may drive excessive groundwater pumping that undermines water, food and energy security. By contrast, our holistic approach to food, energy, environment and water informs our understanding of the range of potential costs, benefits and feedback effects associated with different management decisions.

Engage decision-makers

on developing, adapting, and implementing decision frameworks that consider food, energy, environment and water as integrated systems. We help decision-makers confronted by risks and uncertainty to tackle complex problems in a straightforward way. Our decision frameworks provide a pathway to practical, relevant responses that meet specific goals and heed cross-system risks.

Enable action

by decision-makers, be it a farmer or a water minister, that results in improved long-term outcomes for people and the natural resources they depend on. Our knowledge and experience allows us to support decision-makers’ understanding of the risks and outcomes across food, energy, environment and water systems. Our approach helps decision-makers balance trade-offs, reduce risks, and accommodate uncertainty. We seek ‘win-win’ solutions and approaches so that local and national level projects can be scalable across different locations and circumstances and generate on-the-ground improvements to people’s lives.

Central to our approach is the primacy given to poverty reduction, sustainable livelihoods and the need to maintain critical ecosystems at multiple spatial and temporal scales.

Additional information about FE2W is available at www.fe2wnetwork.org.