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Food precarities and sustainability: water-energy-food (WEF) nexus in urban and peri-urban areas 
Lucy Khofi (University of Witwatersrand and University of Amsterdam)
Sandra Zaroufis (University of Amsterdam)
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Lucy Khofi (University of Witwatersrand and University of Amsterdam)
Memory Reid (University of the Witwatersrand)
Sandra Zaroufis (University of Amsterdam)
Thursday 18 July, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

We will delve deeper into the intricate cultural & social dynamics surrounding food precarities within the context of the water-energy-food nexus in urban areas. The panel will shed light on the critical need for sustainable interventions & strategies at the intersection of water, energy, and food.

Long Abstract:

This panel delves into the intricacies of food precarity within the water, energy, and food (WEF nexus) resource framework in urban and peri-urban areas. With interdependent relationships between these sectors, various trade-offs and linkages, such as the utilization of water for food production and energy generation, as well as the reciprocal use of energy for water and food, are recognized. Additionally, the accessibility, availability, and affordability of these resources are significantly influenced by multiple factors, including gender dynamics, racial disparities, socio-economic inequalities, land distribution patterns, historical legacies, and the impacts of apartheid.

Focusing on vulnerable communities in urban and peri-urban areas grappling with poverty, high unemployment rates, dual governance structures, rapid urbanization, and the far-reaching consequences of climate change, the panel aims to uncover the resilient spirit prevalent in these communities. It endeavors to explore the diverse localized interventions employed to address the challenges of food precarity at the grassroots level, aiming to pave the way for sustainable trajectories and resilient futures. By delving into the contextual realities of the WEF nexus at the local level, the panel seeks to shed light on the multifaceted strategies implemented to navigate and confront the intricacies of WEF resource precarity within the local context in urban and per-urban contexts.

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Session 1 Thursday 18 July, 2024, -