Responding to global challenges in food, energy, environment and water: Risks and options assessment for decision-making

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  • R. Quentin Grafton (Lead Author)
  • Mahala McLindin
  • Karen Hussey
  • Paul Wyrwoll
  • Dennis Wichelns
  • Claudia Ringler
  • Dustin Garrick
  • Jamie Pittock
  • Sarah Wheeler
  • Stuart Orr
  • Nathanial Matthews
  • Erik Ansink
  • Alice Aureli
  • Daniel Connell
  • Lucia De Stefano
  • Kate Dowsley
  • Stefano Farolfi
  • Jim Hall
  • Pamela Katic
  • Hannah Leckie
  • Matthew McCartney
  • Huw Pohlner
  • Nazmun Ratna
  • Mark Henry Rubarenzya
  • Shriman Narayan Sai Raman
  • Kevin Wheeler
  • John Williams

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We analyse the threats of global environmental change, as they relate to food security. First, we review three discourses: (i) ‘sustainable intensification’, or the increase of food supplies without compromising food producing inputs, such as soils and water; (ii) the ‘nexus’ that seeks to understand links across food, energy, environment and water systems; and (iii) ‘resilience thinking’ that focuses on how to ensure the critical capacities of food, energy and water systems are maintained in the presence of uncertainties and threats. Second, we build on these discourses to present the causal, risks and options assessment for decision-making process to improve decision-making in the presence of risks. The process provides a structured, but flexible, approach that moves from problem diagnosis to better risk-based decision-making and outcomes by responding to causal risks within and across food, energy, environment and water systems.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-299
Number of pages25
JournalAsia & the Pacific Policy Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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  • food security, sustainable intensification, nexus, resilience, sustainable development

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. © 2016 The Authors. Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd and Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

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