• Improved water management does not happen from a single initiative

    A quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview about the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

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  • ADB Irrigation Subsector Guidance Note published

    Last year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) requested Australian support to develop an ADB Irrigation Subsector Guidance Note as a part of growing cooperation between ADB and AWP. The note was recently published by the ADB on their website. ADB estimates that global investments required in water infrastructure over the period 2013-30 are up to […]

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  • Irrigation Roundtable guides AWP future investment

    On 20 June, an Irrigation Roundtable was held in Canberra to harness the expertise of Australian Partners in the Australian Water Partnership and other irrigation experts to guide AWP’s future investment in the theme of irrigation. ‘Modern Irrigation Systems’ is one of four water-use domains that serve as a focus for AWP investment, and AWP […]

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  • Risks and options assessment for decision-making

    In an interview, Professor Quentin Grafton discussed the risks and option for decision-making (ROAD) process, as a successful approach for helping communities to deal with complex challenges. This article provides a primer of the ROAD process and explains how it can be used. The ROAD process is one that can be used to engage with multiple […]

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  • We all have to do something

    A quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview about the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

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  • Strategic foresighting to address complex challenges

    In his recent interview, Quentin Grafton spoke about how strategic foresight has been used to address challenges around food security. Strategic foresighting seems like a useful way to maximise face-to-face engagement to address wicked problems and complex, systemic challenges. This article looks more closely at what foresighting is, and how it can be applied. When unpacking […]

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  • Learning from the 2008 food crisis: what happened, lessons learned, and ongoing consequences

    By Simon Ross, IWCAN In an interview, Quentin Fradton, an economist at the Australian National University, spoke about how a key report created in response to the 2007/2008 food crisis had inspired his work to bring people together to do something about it. This article gives a bit of background to this crisis, including how […]

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  • Wicked problems: how to solve the unsolvable

    In an interview, Quentin Grafton suggested that much of his work as an economist has to do with addressing wicked problems. Learning about what he sees as the key elements to approach wicked problems was insightful. This article explores more closely what constitutes a wicked problem and what needs to be done to start to address these […]

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  • Change requires a crisis

    A quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview about the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

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  • Any successful endeavour has to be integrated

    A quote from Professor Quentin Grafton’s interview about the water-food-energy nexus and addressing wicked problems.

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