Bassel Daher, Ph.D.

A Systems Approach for Disaster Risk Reduction: Exploring the Nexus of Energy, Food, and Human Mobility in the Northern Countries of Central America

Globally, disasters and their impacts have been characterized by increasing frequency and changing patterns. Global warming effects, including climate change, have exacerbated the severity and frequency of hydrometeorological and oceanographic, and other risk factors or drivers, such as population growth, urbanization, limited access to resources, inadequate infrastructure, and prevailing structural development conditions, putting additional lives […]

Water–energy–food–health nexus in Lebanon

This study used a water–energy–food system-of-systems assessment to evaluate the sustainability of the Mediterranean diet in Lebanon. The specific aims were to: 1) identify and quantify the critical interconnections between water, energy and food systems in Lebanon; 2) develop a nexus framework to assess the trade-offs associated with adopting interventions within current water, energy and […]


Youth make up a large portion of the world’s population, as well as the UfM member states population. Nearly 15.5% of the world’s population is between the ages of 15-24.4 Within the UfM member states, a similar population average of 12.8% of the total population are between the age range of 15-24.5 If we consider […]


The interconnection of water, energy, and food resources is complex, with the availability of these resources increasingly stressed by climatic, social, political, economic, demographic, technologic, and other pressures. Addressing these challenges requires a better understanding of the nexus formed by the interconnections between the resources. On January 10, 2018, the Texas A&M University System WaterEnergy-Food […]

Global Sustainable Development Report 2015 (Advance Unedited Version) (GSDR 2015)

2015 will be a watershed year for sustainable development. Major international conferences – on financing for development the post-2015 development agenda, and climate change – will take momentous decisions that could, if effectively followed up, have profound implications for the future of our societies, our economies and of our planet. This is the context in […]

Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus

Renewable energy technologies can address trade-offs between water, energy and food, bringing substantial benefits in all three key sectors. This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) looks at how adopting renewables can ease trade-offs by providing less resource-intensive energy services compared to conventional energy technologies. “Link to full article”

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 : water and climate change

The 2020 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (UN WWDR 2020) entitled ‘Water and Climate Change’ aims at helping the water community to tackle the challenges of climate change and informing the climate change community about the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of adaptation and mitigation. The scientific evidence […]

SDSN USA Zero Hunger Pathways Project Submission for the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health

In the 1970’s, after the U.S. significantly reduced poverty, increased economic opportunity, and dramatically expanded federal nutrition safety net programs, the nation almost entirely ended domestic hunger. In the succeeding decades, as poverty increased, real wages decreased, and safety net programs were scaled back, hunger and food insecurity in America soared. Therefore, in 2022 hunger […]