Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS)
National Level Indicators
In order to ensure that modern bioenergy development is sustainable and that it fosters rural development and food security, countries need to prevent and manage the risks associated with this development.
In addition, once the modern bioenergy sector is in place, it is important to assess and respond to the impacts of bioenergy on food security at both national and project levels. With regard to the national level, BEFS has contributed, through its technical inputs, to the development of an internationally agreed indicator for assessing the effects of bioenergy use and domestic production on the price and supply of a national food basket.
This indicator is part of a set of twenty four sustainability indicators for bioenergy that were developed by the Task Force on Sustainability of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). This set of indicators provides a framework for assessing the relationship between production and use of modern bioenergy and sustainable development.
• A detailed description of the national indicator is presented in Chapter 2 of the BEFS report, Impacts of Bionergy on Food Security – Guidance for Assessment and Response at National and Project Levels.
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