The conversation was turning grumpy. A colleague from the UK government summed it up: ‘It’s an awful word. I wouldn’t be sad if I never heard it again.’ The others around the table from a broad sample of NGOs and consultancies nodded in agreement. We were talking about ‘the nexus’. For those not in the know, this refers to the profound connections between growing enough food, meeting rising energy needs and ensuring sufficient water for people around the world. There’s a strong, though often unspoken, environmental dimension to these challenges.
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