Full tank or full a stomach was the title of this event that took place on the 2nd of May 2018.
Jakob Lederer from the TU Wien / Vienna University of Technology and project coordinator of the CapNex project at first presented the topic as such and their activities in the framework of the project. Afterwards, together with his colleague Mathew Herrnegger from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna they engaged in a discussion and answered questions by the audience.
The presentation began with a general introduction to the topic of the nexus, with reference to the sustainable use of natural resources based on the study of the Nile in Ethiopia - the Assuan dam and the Nasser reservoir - both of which are used as a source of energy, food and drinking water. The Nile is a lifeline for the region, but due to the population growth and the increased demand and use of water its use is endangered both in quantitative and qualitative terms. The challenge for scientists is to figure out how a sustainable use of the Nile can be guaranteed. Here the nexus approach comes into play. The objective of the nexus approach is the sustainable use of resources to provide water, energy and food. One of the challenges is the implementation at local, regional and national level. Jakob Lederer then introduced the CapNex project, in which an interdisciplinary (agronomy; crop production; pest management; development studies; hydrology; socio-hydrology; soil science; waste-, & resource management) team of Austrian, Kenyan, and Ugandan researchers cooperate in order to build capacity building through research, training and dialogue.