Water for Food Security, Nutrition and Social Justice

by Lyla Mehta, Theib Oweis, Claudia Ringler, Barbara Schreiner and Shiney Varghese Pathways to Sustainability Series £29.99 (paperback) Routledge, 2019 Buy this book About the book This book is the first comprehensive effort to bring together Water, Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) in a way that goes beyond the traditional focus on irrigated agriculture. Apart…

Irrigating Zimbabwe after land reform: The potential of farmer-led systems

Farmer-led irrigation is far more extensive in Zimbabwe than realised by planners and policymakers. This paper explores the pattern of farmer-led irrigation in neighbouring post-land reform smallholder resettlement sites in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo district.

Crises in Variegated Capitalism, Co-produced, Hydro-Social Impacts

Drawing on fieldwork undertaken on Dutch aid in the Mozambican waterscape, this working paper asks how seemingly unrelated crises jointly reproduced politico-economic and hydro-social conditions in Mozambique. To this end, literature on the political ecology of crisis and austerity is mobilised and adapted to the needs of this paper through the notion of variegated capitalism. This relational approach helps to make sense of interdependencies between the two crises (and the responses they triggered) in a singular global, but spatially differentiated, capitalism. 

The Water-Food-Energy Nexus: Power, Politics and Justice

Published by Routledge, April 2019 Paperback: £29.99 GBP Pathways to Sustainability book series Order this book Download a chapter Download the Accepted Manuscript (AM) of a chapter of the book. This document is Open Access and can be downloaded for free. Chapter 4: The Knowledge Nexus and Transdisciplinarity Download (PDF) Events The book was launched…

Irrigating Zimbabwe After Land Reform: The Potential of Farmer-Led Systems

Scoones. I., Murimbarimba. F. and Mahenehene. J. (2019) ‘Irrigating Zimbabwe after Land Reform: The Potential of Farmer-Led Systems.’, Water Alternatives, 12.1 Farmer-led irrigation is far more extensive in Zimbabwe than realised by planners and policymakers. This paper explores the pattern of farmer-led irrigation in neighbouring post-land reform smallholder resettlement sites in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo district. Across…

Promoting agency for social-ecological transformation: a transformation-lab in the Xochimilco social-ecological system

Experiments to create spaces for social-ecological transformation are multiplying. These experiments aim at transcending traditional spaces for rational deliberation, planning, and participatory decision-making. We present a methodological approach for triggering the emergence of “transformation laboratories” (T-labs), which are participatory spaces where new agency is activated in relation to a stagnant sustainability challenge to generate intentional…

Governing Food and Agriculture in a Warming World

Understanding how, why, and whether the trade-offs and tensions around simultaneous implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals are resolved both sustainably and equitably requires an appreciation of power relations across multiple scales of governance. We explore the politics and political economy of how the nexus around food, energy, and water is being governed through initiatives…

Towards a peri-urban political ecology of water quality decline

Recent years have witnessed an expanding body of peri-urban and urban scholarship. However, recent scholarship has yet to adequately address the central role of politics and power shaping water quality decline. The article focuses on the trans-Hindon region which is part of Ghaziabad city, close to India’s capital, Delhi. We draw upon urban political ecology…

Advancing Metrics: Models for understanding adaptive capacity and water security

Volume 21, August 2016, Pages 52–57 We explore the relationship between water security (WS) and adaptive capacity (AC); the two concepts are connected because achieving the first may be dependent on building the second. We focus on how metrics of WS and AC are operationalized and what implications they may have for short- and long-term…

ISSC concept note: Water Governance Challenges, Mexico City and Phoenix

Download PDF (287 KB) Mexico City, Phoenix, and other populous cities around the world are caught in a complex of problems concerning the quality and quantity of water, and its distribution in space, over time, and between the rich and the poor. The North American Hub of the Constructing Pathways to Sustainability Network focuses on…