Entry Date:
July 21, 2016

Developing World Focus Area: Interconnections Among Energy, Water, and Food

MIT researchers focus interconnectivity study on Pakistan, where all three of these resources are in short supply.

An MIT team is providing new understanding of the growing interconnections among three critical resources: energy, water, and food. The work focuses on Pakistan’s Indus Basin, where irrigation water is increasingly pumped from underground, a practice that is intensifying a pre-existing shortage of energy. Using new and existing data plus statistical models, the researchers are clarifying how much pumping is going on, how it’s affecting energy use and food productivity, and where and why it’s happening in this region—home of the world’s largest contiguous network of river-fed irrigation canals.