Claudia Ringler

Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Short Bio

Dr. Claudia Ringler is Deputy Division Director at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
A thought leader on water for food, she manages IFPRI’s Natural Resource Theme, co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is a co-manager of CGIAR NEXUS Gains Initiative.

She published more than 120 journal articles in the areas of global water and food security, irrigation, gender-water, energy and climate change linkages and the synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Claudia has a PhD in agricultural economics from University of Bonn and an MA in International Development Economics from Yale University.

Keynote Session

Theme: Transitioning from sectoral to nexus thinking

The essentiality of systems thinking to address crises and grow resilience

A recurring confluence of crises has given rise to joint food and energy price crises during the 1970s, in 2007/08, and again in 2022; the latest crisis a result of the war on Ukraine as well as COVID-19 and climate change.

Water use, competition for water resources and water degradation have been intensifying with each of these recurring crises but have not received the same attention as food and energy scarcities have. Future food and energy crises might well be solely due to water shortages. This presentation discusses the impacts of food and energy price crisis on water security and proposes an increased focus on systems thinking for growing resilience.

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