BEFS Approach

In order to shed light on the complex relationship between bioenergy development, sustainability and food security, FAO has developed the Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach.

The BEFS Approach supports countries in designing and implementing sustainable bioenergy policies and strategies. By doing so, it helps ensure that bioenergy development fosters both food and energy security, and that it contributes to agricultural and rural development.

More specifically, the BEFS Approach consists of a multidisciplinary and integrated set of tools and guidance that can support countries throughout the main steps of the bioenergy policy development and implementation process:

Depending on the areas of interest, the level of bioenergy development, and the status of bioenergy policy formulation and implementation, countries may decide to use specific components of the BEFS Approach.

The BEFS Approach components and the related tools and guidance can be applied at national and sub-national levels (e.g. regional, district, community, etc.) and at project level as well.

last updated:  Friday, April 18, 2014