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Uses of Geothermal Energy in Food and Agriculture

Opportunities for Developing Countries

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Year of publication: 2015
Publisher: FAO
Pages: 62 p.
Job Number: I4233
Office: Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Corporate author: Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division
Personal author: Minh Van Nguyen; Arason, S.; Gissurarson, M.; Pálsson, P. G.


Agriculture and agro-industry are important sectors in the economies of most developing countries, where they provide the main source of livelihoods for the majority of the poor. The lack of a sustainable supply of affordable energy is a major constraint to the development of these sectors in developing countries. Traditionally, geothermal energy has been utilized mainly to generate electricity; however, it can be harnessed for other important uses in agriculture and agro-industry. Developing countries endowed with this renewable energy source have ample potential to use it in advancing their agriculture and agro-industry sectors. This book reviews the use of geothermal energy in agriculture and agro-industry around the world. With a simple format and copious illustrations and models, the book is accessible to a wide range of interested readers, including those with no technical background. It shows that geothermal resources have the potential to provide long-term, secure energy for the agriculture and food industry in both developed and developing countries. Constraints and challenges that should be addressed before this potential can be fully achieved are also discussed.

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