Investment Screening

The Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach includes a web-based tool that can provide a preliminary indication of potential risks and benefits for food security from agricultural/bioenergy investments. 

The tool, which is available in English, French and Spanish, can be used by national and local authorities to screen proposed investments; by development banks in the evaluation of investment proposals; and by investors as an ex-ante self-assessment tool.

The BEFS Operator Level Tool consists of three parts:

1. Change in the supply of food to the domestic market;

2. Resource availability and efficiency of use; and

3. Physical displacement, change in access to resources, compensation and income generation.

Each part includes indicators addressing key environmental and socio-economic dimensions relevant for food security. For each indicator, benchmarks and thresholds are provided. Based on these and on the information entered by the users of the tool, a score is then assigned to each indicator:

Potential Benefit for Food Security;

• No Significant Influence on Food Security; and

• Potential Risk to Food Security.

The BEFS Operator Level Tool is linked to FAO databases such as FAOSTAT. The tool builds upon key international references such as the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy, the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 5 on Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement.

• Go to the web-based tool
• Go to a two-page overview overview of the tool

last updated:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014