The Energy–Water–Food Nexus at Decentralized Scales

This paper uses Practical Action’s experiences with micro-hydro schemes to connect global nexus debates to the experiences of and solutions for remote off-grid communities and smallholder farmers. Through examples in Peru, Nepal, and Zimbabwe we exemplify the need for an integrated approach to energy, water, and food security. We show that decentralized energy provision has a huge potential to deliver the services that communities need and have a right to, while balancing the constraints of an increasingly resource-scarce environment.

Related Documents

Decentralized Renewables: The Fast Track to Universal Energy Access

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) are uniquely positioned, and publicly committed, to ending energy poverty. However, MDBs’ common approach to energy access often overlooks the particular ability that decentralized renewable energy (DR energy...

Le nexus énergie-eau-alimentation à des échelles décentralisées

Ce document s’appuie sur l’expérience de Practical Action en matière de programmes de microcentrales hydroélectriques et vise à établir un lien entre les débats mondiaux sur le nexus (liens) et les solutions et expériences des...

Balance the scales of Technology Justice

Infographic encouraging action to achieve Technology Justice. Intended to be used and shared via social...

Nexus between Productive End Uses and Sustainability of Micro Hydro Power Plants

The video showcases the productive end-uses of MHPs creating win-win situation to MHPs and its users, while contributing to rural livelihood improvement and also increase revenue of MHPs contributing for smooth operation and maintenance leading to...

Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress

While recent technological advances have transformed the economics of rural electrification, many energy-poor countries are not taking full advantage of the energy evolution to accelerate access. This paper provides evidence that integrating...

Risk Nexus

Urgent case for recovery: what we can learn from the August 2014 Karnali River floods in...


Practical Action Publishing

Practical Action Publishing logo

Discover more publications, journals, books and digital collections by
Practical Action Publishing, the specialist development publishers.

To obtain permission to reuse or reproduce any of this material, please
contact Practical Action Publishing


Practical Answers

Check out Practical Action's technical information service for toolkits, technology design briefs and much more


Your gift makes a real difference

With a regular or single gift, you can support our work with poor people in developing countries.

We use cookies to provide a consistent user experience and analyse how to improve our sites Our cookie policy