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Theme: Food | Water | Cities

This event occurred on
March 29, 2012
5:00pm - 6:00pm SAST
(UTC +2hrs)
Cape Town, Western Cape
South Africa

This year the UN World Water Day, 22 March 2012, considers the link between Water and Food Security. The Young Water Professionals (YWP) and friends are considering hosting a conversation around the systems approach of how food and water interact. You would agree that we can’t really consider this link without simultaneously considering energy, and how cities function, and then how all of this is affected by climate change etc …, one needs to consider all these aspects together.

This is a complex matter for academics to discuss, and yet, the key to progress is to communicate these interlinking issues to the public in a way that empowers civic groups to see the bigger picture and take informed action (or plainly, inspires). It is in this context that we are hosting a conversation around water and food security. Water ties us all together. We are collaborating with bloggers to convert the discussion to the wider public, and will also interact through a global TED conversation that is already active.

The YWP and other Watery friends are partnering with TEDxCapeTown to potentially take thoughts arising from this conversation further as a multi-year action & outcome based social campaign, joining forces between academia, industry and the public, in the run up to Cape Town being World Design Capital in 2014.

The complete transcript of the conversation can be found here:

Chemical Engineering Seminar Room
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, Western Cape, 7701
South Africa
Event type:
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Organizing team


Cape Town, South Africa


  • Jessica Cash
    social media maestro
  • Raymond Siebrits
    Young Water Professional