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Energy is essential for food security and development, but current food production and energy use patterns are only sustainable if climate change targets are met.

FAO helps countries promote energy-smart agrifood systems through the identification, planning and implementation of appropriate energy, water, food security and climate-smart strategies that spur agricultural growth and rural development. FAO’s 2012 multi-partner Energy-Smart Food for people and climate (ESF) Programme focuses on country action and also includes an international support component.

Sustainable bioenergy can significantly contribute to achievement of energy-smart agrifood systems. FAO has carried out considerable work on this topic, which led to the development of the FAO Sustainable Bioenergy Support Package. FAO is a partner and hosts the Secretariat of GBEP (Global Bioenergy Partnership). The GBEP framework for bioenergy GHG LCA is a tool enabling the more effective communication of the results of GHG studies.