Ethiopia's The Reporter Features Ashenafi and Mroz

Tewodros Ashenafi, EWI board member and chairman and CEO of SouthWest Energy, and EWI President and CEO John Mroz sat down in Addis Ababa with Kaleyesus Bekele of The Reporter to discuss the institute's plans to increase engagement on food, water and energy issues in Ethiopia.



Mroz and Ashenafi met with Ethiopian government officials and the Ethiopian Investment Agency to get a better sense of how EWI could help foster Ethiopian development in the food, water and energy nexus. 

"The idea is to develop a partnership, to sign a memorandum of understanding and work with the government, NGOs and the private sector in addressing the provision of food, water and energy," says Mroz. "We [EWI] bring people who do not usually work together around a table. You would be surprised at how people working on water do not work with the energy people and so forth. It is quite stunning." 

Representatives from EWI's Food-Water-Energy Nexus Program will return to Ethiopia in April for the Tana Forum and again in May to spend more time following up on the issue. The Food-Water-Energy Nexus Program, led by Michele Ferenz, contributes to global and regional security by mitigating transnational conflict risks associated with the allocation and management of scarce natural resources.

Click here to read excerpts from the interview

Photo credit: The Reporter

Ferenz to Participate in Twitter Chat on the Energy Nexus


EWI's Michele Ferenz, director of the Food, Water and Energy Nexus Program, will participate in a Twitter Chat hosted by AECOM. The conversation will focus on exploring integrated solutions to complex issues related to the food-water-energy security nexus. 

Join Michele (@MicheleFerenz) and AECOM's Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President Gary Lawrence (@CSO_AECOM) for this important discussion on January 9, at 2 p.m.


To register, send this tweet:

Can't wait for the #AECOMchat on the food-water-energy security nexus with @AECOM @CSO_AECOM @MicheleFerenz on Jan 9!

Resource Security Trends

With the New Year approaching, several EWI staff and fellows offered their lists of what they believed were the most significant events of 2013.

Michele Ferenz, Director, Water-Food-Energy Nexus Program

The Nexus Gains Visibility 

In its 2013 report “Global Trends 2030,” the U.S. National Intelligence Council described the interconnected risks in water, energy and food supply security as a “megatrend” that will profoundly shape the future. By 2030, demand for food, water and energy will have increased by 35, 40 and 50 percent, respectively. Efforts are multiplying to understand synergies and trade-offs across the sectors, align policies and practices for optimal resource use and benefit sharing, and to drive concrete solutions. 

2013: The United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation

With a series of conferences and events in Spain, the Netherlands, Tajikistan, Sweden and Hungary, the UN highlighted the central role of water in development and peacebuilding. It did so in the context of the ongoing negotiations of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will set the international framework for cooperation after 2015.     

Climate Change Threatens National Security

“National Security and the Threat of Climate Change,” a study produced under the auspices of the nonprofit CNA Corporation and based on the expertise and perspectives of 11 retired four-star and three-star admirals and generals, found that climate change could affect Americans at home. It also presents serious risks to global security, particularly through increased population movements, border tensions, demands for rescue efforts and conflicts over essential resources, including food and water. 

United States and China Increase Cooperation on Climate Challenge

The United States and China have agreed to five new action initiatives. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by tackling the largest sources of emissions in both countries. The areas are: 1) Reducing emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; 2) Increasing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); 3) Increasing energy efficiency in buildings, industry and transport; 4) Improving greenhouse gas data collection and management; 5) Promoting smart grids. 


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