ZEF theme: Land, water, food and energy

Land, water, food and energy

Research on land, water, food and energy is broadly based on new nexus thinking. Water and food security, the most basic human demands, are the central elements from which many other development demands derive. In our globalized world, these problems cannot be solved using purely national or regional approaches. We need to consider the sustainability of growth and the use of land and water for competing purposes. In parallel to the pivotal challenge facing human kind of reducing hunger and extreme poverty, the need to create and expand efficient systems of energy supply and use in emerging economies highlights the need for research on alternative forms of energy use, in particular the role of biomass.