"The water- energy-food nexus can be seen in most cities of India , where sludge and waste-water are crucial fertigation systems for farmers, sometimes by choice and sometimes by force. There is a crucial need to better understand the informal use and ensure that stakeholders are helped such that there is no negative externality on health or the environment. For India , this would mean the difference between a healthy population and environment or a sick future generation."

- Vishwanath, BIOME Solutions, Bengaluru

"Regardless of the amount of food produced and its availability, nutritional status can still be undermined by high rates of diarrheal disease that reduce absorption of nutrients and cause undernutrition and stunting in children. Close coordination of agricultural production with nutrition education, water supply, waste water treatment and hygiene behavior is essential to ensure a healthy and properly nourished population. A window of opportunities is the 1000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and the 2nd birthday of the child. The right nutrition during this 1000 day window can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty. It can also shape a society’s long-term health, stability and prosperity . "

- Anke Schuermann, BORDA, Germany

"While construction and operation of conventional sanitation systems, from toilets and water supply to sewerage, sewage treatment and sludge management, are expensive, it is the lack of sanitation that is unaffordable to all countries. Lack of sanitation leads to the high incidence of sanitation-related diseases, a high death toll especially amongst children, lower school attendance and to a massive loss of productivity. In order to decrease investment and running expenses for sanitation infrastructure, fresh approaches must be sought to use nutrients and water in cycles while achieving optimum hygiene. "

- Lucas Dengel, Executive EcoPro, Auroville

" It’s time for us to know where our food is coming from, who is producing it and under which conditions. It’s also time to realize the importance of water, especially reclaimed water as a potential resource to meet the food security needs of the growing Indian population. It is our responsibility towards judicious use of freshwater and sensible reuse of treated wastewater. Unless that happens, we are doing a huge disservice not just to the worsening environment but also to a large farming community that is exposing itself to innumerable health risks associated with reuse of raw wastewater. "

- Tanvi Sahni, CDD Society, Benagluru