Pakistan Institute of Development Economics



A Nexus Approach to Food, Water, and Energy: Sustainably MeetingAsia’s Future Food and Nutrition Requirements (Sarfraz K. QureshiMemorial Lecture)

Author: Shenggen Fan

Agricultural and food production systems in Asia must undergoa significant transformation in order to meet the concurrent challengesof increasing food, water, and energy demands amid on-going climatechange. This is particularly true in countries in South Asia, includingPakistan, where hunger and undernutrition persist and natural resourceare increasingly strained. Sustainable intensification with a focus onnutrition is particularly crucial to provide adequate and nutritiousfood for all without further damages to the planet. However, a siloapproach to meeting the demands of a growing, increasingly urbanised,and wealthier population is no longer acceptable. Instead, capitalisingon the inter sectoral linkages between food, water, and energy can moreeffectively minimise trade-offs and maximise synergies across concurrentefforts to improve water, energy, food, and nutrition securitysustainably.

Shenggen Fan