Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS)
Assessment of the Sustainable Bioenergy Potential
Bioenergy policies and strategies should be based on a sound assessment of the sustainable bioenergy potential in a country.
The BEFS Analytical Framework (AF), which constitutes the theoretical foundation of the BEFS Approach, provides tools and guidance that can help policy-makers formulate sustainable bioenergy policies based on an assessment of the domestic sustainable bioenergy potential. Part of this assessment entails an analysis of the environmental and socio-economic dimensions and implications of different bioenergy development pathways, with particular emphasis on food security.
The BEFS Analytical Framework and the associated tools address four key areas of analysis:
A BEFS Rapid Appraisal (RA) is currently being developed. The RA allows countries to get an initial indication of the domestic sustainable bioenergy potential and of the associated opportunities, risks and trade-offs, including in contexts with limited data, skills and resources. The Rapid Appraisal can also help countries identify the issues that could potentially require more in-depth analysis through the BEFS Analytical Framework.
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