Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) 

Many ASEAN Member States have implemented policies to promote renewable energy, including bioenergy, in order to achieve a range of national development objectives, such as energy security, improved environmental sustainability and rural employment and development. In response to these policies, bioenergy developments are expanding at a fast pace; particularly in the liquid biofuel sector. These developments are forging ahead with little coordinated assessment of the potential impact on the region’s natural resource base, the environment and food security. In support of the ASEAN Heads of State/Government Cha-am/Hua Hin Statement on ASEAN plus Three Cooperation on Food Security and Bioenergy Development, the ASEAN Secretariat has been tasked  to develop a comprehensive strategy on sustainable and integrated food and biofuel production and consumption; and to enhance partnership with regional and international organizations to promote collaborative research and development and technology transfer in food security and bioenergy. 


Technical Cooperation Project – BEFS in ASEAN 
The ASEAN Secretariat has requested the technical support of FAO to use the BEFS Analytical Framework and the associated tools and guidance in order to evaluate the impact of bioenergy policies in  ASEAN Member States and of regional bioenergy developments on food systems and food security. FAO is currently meeting this request by formulating regional and national BEFS mainstreaming strategies in ASEAN to ensure that bioenergy provides more effective energy services in ASEAN Member States with minimal or no impact on food security and the environment. In developing these strategies a range of supplementary activities will be implemented. These include capacity building in relation to the FAO BEFS Analytical Framework and associated tools and guidance; measures to promote sustainable, food secure and climate friendly bioenergy systems; and technologies. In addition, national bioenergy policy bodies will be established. The ultimate intended impact of the project is that sustainable, food secure, climate-friendly bioenergy contributes to economic development in ASEAN Member States. 

BEFS Country Briefs 
A set of BEFS country briefs is currently being prepared - one for each ASEAN country. These briefs include a range of information on the socio-economic, agricultural, food security and energy situation in each country. In addition, based on the BEFS Analytical Framework, a number of potential key issues for bioenergy development are described.

The final versions of the BEFS country briefs will be posted on this page soon.


Summary of the FAO Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) in ASEAN Inception Meeting of SOM-AMAF+3 and SOME+3
On 31 October 2012, the BEFS ASEAN project meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand. The Meeting was attended by representatives of the Senior Officials Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Plus Three (SOM-AMAF Plus Three), Senior Officials Meeting of the Ministers of Energy Plus Three (SOME Plus Three), the ASEAN Secretariat and FAO. The inception meeting aimed to provide key policy stakeholders from around the region an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the FAO BEFS initiative and review planned activities under the BEFS ASEAN project.
The objectives of the Meeting were to:
1.             Review the regional policy and cooperation framework for bioenergy in ASEAN+3;
2.             Introduce the FAO BEFS initiative and the BEFS ASEAN project; and
3.             Review, discuss and approve the BEFS ASEAN program of activities.

A concise summary of the meeting discussions and meeting materials are provided below. 

Session 1 - Opening Session 
Session 2 - BEFS Project Overview and Objectives , Beau Damen, FAO
Session 3 - Monitoring Impacts of Bioenergy on Food Security at National and Regional Levels ,
Andrea Rossi, FAO
Session 4 - Mainstreaming Bioenergy Issues and Initiatives at National and Regional Policies ,
Beau Damen, FAO
Session 5 – Meeting Close 

Meeting Summary 

Revised project document 

last updated:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014