The Growth Engine for Africa— From a Water Perspective
OCP Policy Center, Rabat
As the world braces for escalating shocks of climate change, urbanization, and competing resources, few areas appear more precarious than others across Africa. In fact, the growing vulnerability and rising thirst for water, energy, and food is offset by the potential capacity for optimized resource management
Water is embedded in agriculture production, energy, and industrial goods. Thus, its sound management would have a direct impact on regional Africa.
In addition, water for cities and for agriculture is calling for a real evaluation to define how best to value the impact on the economy and respond to the demand both for food security and for urban planning.
On the one hand, water and agriculture being tightly linked, the sound optimization would have direct effect on Africa’s development, as agriculture is the fuel for its economy. On the other hand, several corporate and industrial leaders are revisiting the way water is accounted for in the industrial processes, saving henceforth not only a natural resource, directly impact by climate change, but also applying some cost-efficient schemes.
In addition, within the Nexus of Water-Energy-Food, the relationship between water and agriculture for food has seen a lot of interest among scientist, politicians, industrials, financier and decision makers. Many ways to turn agriculture into Africa’s great asset are investigated as climate change made the situation even more urgent. For urban water use, the development of smart cities and the integration of digitalize both water and electricity network offer alternatives for water resource optimization and energy efficiency.
The OCP Policy Center is organizing a one-day conference to discuss the importance of water in Africa’s growth, from the perspective of agriculture production, industrial and urban applications. Several high level specialists and leaders in the field will be discussing the importance of water from the different angles.Keep me informed