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Investing in Energy Sustainable Technologies in the Agrifood Sector (INVESTA)

The “Investing in Energy Sustainable Technologies in the Agrifood Sector” (INVESTA) project has developed a methodology for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of energy technologies. It complements the findings of the “Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to become Energy-Smart" report published by FAO and USAID in 2016.

The methodology is being published by FAO and GIZ in a report entitled “Costs and Benefits of Clean Energy Technologies in the Milk, Vegetable and Rice Value Chains”, which contains also six case studies of technologies in the milk, vegetables and rice value chains, addressing case studies of the following technologies:

  • biogas for power generation from dairy cattle manure;
  • domestic biogas-powered milk chillers;
  • solar milk coolers;
  • solar-powered water pumping;
  • solar cold storage for vegetables;
  • rice husk gasification; and
  • solar-powered domestic rice processing.

The analytical approach has been applied to four pilot countries (Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania and Tunisia), where the generated results have been widely discussed with national stakeholders. The findings have been used to draw recommendations for financing institutions and governments that want to support the introduction of sustainable energy interventions in the agrifood chain. These findings were presented and discussed at an international meeting at FAO Headquarters in November 2017 and collected in a second report and policy briefs.

The project contributes to the international initiative Powering Agriculture – An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC).

International Workshop "Investing in Energy Sustainable Technologies in the Agrifood Sector", 23-24 November 2017, FAO Headquarters