Globally, 870 million people are food insecure, and climate change is crippling the interconnected water and energy resources that are essential to grow more food. Solutions to increase harvests must address this food-energy-water nexus; however, previous efforts have focused on only one component. To effect change, holistic, local solutions are urgently needed, or food insecurity will surge, decimating impoverished populations. To meet this need, our multinational university and NGO partners collaborate with vulnerable communities in Ethiopia and Nepal, implementing a threefold food-energy-water solution comprising technology- and policy-based interventions; community-driven capacity building; and experiential STEM education. Our low-cost, multisectoral approach includes on-farm implementation of horticultural, water reuse, and renewable energy technologies, and decision-support systems that inform policy frameworks. Our solution increases yields using less water and renewable energy; improves diets and public health; strengthens community-driven empowerment efforts; and can be expanded globally, building climate resilience and sustaining food security for all.
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