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30 August 2012

No Food and Nutrition Security without Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Event part of World Water Week 2012

Photo by: Cecilia Snyder via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

WASH investments substantially contribute to food and nutrition security: Making more out of available food through improved health and increasing harvests through productive sanitation. Lessons from Latin America / Africa / Asia are the basis for defining recommendations jointly with participants to strengthen this nexus at scale.

The seminar will examine the widely neglected and underestimated adverse nutritional impact of lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). It makes apparent how governments struggling to feed their citizens can make a substantial contribution to food and nutrition security by making WASH investments. Reducing faecal infections through sanitation and hygienic behaviour is a major means for reducing the undernutrition of children, enhancing the wellbeing of children, women and men, and achieving the MDGs.

Approaches for scaling-up WASH like Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) as well as approaches to improve food and nutrition security through productive sanitation will be presented using regional case studies. Together with the participants the potentials and challenges of these approaches will be discussed in rotating discussion groups facilitated by distinguished sector experts. The goal is to get an in-depth understanding of this neglected link and to provide constructive impulses for promising ways forward to strengthen this nexus at scale and push towards fulfilment of the human right to water and sanitation.

(A World Water Week pass is required to attend this event; Free of charge for all visitors of the World Water Week. For more info, see


From 30 August 2012 at 13:00 to 30 August 2012 at 16:30


World Water Week, Älvsjömässan, Room T6


14:00 Opening Comments and Introduction to the Seminar.

Mr. Thilo Panzerbieter, German WASH Network, Germany

14:15 The WASH – Nutrition Link: The Potential of a Professional Blind Spot.

Mr. Oliver Cumming, LSHTM, UK and Mr. Robert Chambers (IDS), UK

14:45 Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT): Case Studies from Peru and Indonesia.

Ms. Almud Weitz, WSP East Asia, Indonesia and Mr. Juan Costain, WSP South Asia, India

15:00 Contribution of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to Food and Nutrition Security.

Mr. Kamal Kar, CLTS Foundation, Bangladesh

15:15 Productive Sanitation and Food Security.

Mr. Linus Dagerskog, SEI, Stockholm and Mr. Moussa Bonzi, INERA Burkina Faso

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Break out Session


  • Ms. Almud Weitz, WSP
  • Mr. Juan Costain, WSP
  • Mr. Arno Rosemarin, SEI
  • Mrs. Claudia Wendland, WECF
  • Mr. Kamal Kar, CLTS Foundation
  • Mr. Oliver Cumming (LSHTM)
  • Mr. Rene van Veenhuizen, RUAF Foundation

16:45 Panel Discussion

Chair: Mr. Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF


  • Ms. Almud Weitz, WSP
  • Mr. Juan Costain, WSP
  • Mr. Arno Rosemarin, SEI
  • Mr. Rene van Veenhuizen, RUAF Foundation
  • Mr. Kamal Kar, CLTS
  • Mr. Arno Coerver, Malteser Int.

17:15 Conclusion and Next Steps.

Chair: Mr. Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF

17:30 End of the Seminar