Co-Optimizing Solutions for Water and Food – Scoping the Nexus Challenges in the Agro-Sector and finding Scalable Business Solutions

Gain, Animesh Kumar, Kumar, M. D., Cramwinckel, J. and Oesterlé, J. (2015) Co-Optimizing Solutions for Water and Food – Scoping the Nexus Challenges in the Agro-Sector and finding Scalable Business Solutions Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems, 2 (1). DOI 10.1515/cass-2015-0018.

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Abstract

The Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus approach has an opportunity to create sustainable business solutions, especially in the agricultural sector. This report provides a clear understanding of challenges for the most promising and scalable solutions to the interconnected water, energy and food/feed/fiber problems, allowing combined co-optimization. Searching solutions for nexus challenges, a model based assessment of WEF nexus at global scale and a theoretical perspective of integrating economic and ecological objectives are presented. This study explores the opportunities for the global community to develop robust partnerships and cross sector collaboration to foster water security and increase resource use efficiency, particularly in agriculture and food industry, as part of corporate environmental and financial performance goals.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Nexus; business solutions; co-optimization; agricultural sector
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Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1515/cass-2015-0018
ISSN: 2300-3669
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 12:47
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2018 13:11
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/39702

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