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.

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    ZEF member of new research consortium on renewable energy in West Africa
    March 08, 2018.

     ZEF is part of the new "Climate Information to support integrated Renewable Electricity Generation in West Africa" (CIREG), a research project funded by the European Research Area for Climate Services. ZEF will receive around 400,000 euros for the upcoming three years for its research part. The project is led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

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    New ZEF-led program trains experts in West Africa
    January 22, 2018.

     Germany's Federal Foreign Office and the DAAD promote sustainable rural transformation with 1.8 million euros: ZEF has initiated and will run the new "West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation" to strengthen research and education in development planning, agricultural economics and aspects of renewable energy and irrigated agriculture in Africa.

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