Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS)
BEFS Rapid Appraisal
The Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach of FAO helps countries design and implement sustainable bioenergy policies and strategies, by ensuring that bioenergy development fosters both food and energy security, and that it contributes to agricultural and rural development in a climate-smart way.
The BEFS Approach consists of a multidisciplinary and integrated set of tools and guidance, including the forthcoming BEFS Rapid Appraisal (RA), which is currently being developed by the FAO BEFS team.
The BEFS RA will allow countries to get an initial indication of their sustainable bioenergy potential and of the associated opportunities, risks and trade-offs. To this aim, the BEFS RA will provide a set of easily applicable methodologies and user-friendly tools to address the following key questions:
1. Sustainable feedstock potential
2. Techno-economic viability
3. Socio-economic sustainability
The BEFS RA will also help countries identify the issues that could potentially require further analysis through the more complex methodologies and tools that comprise the BEFS Analytical Framework.
The intended primary users of the BEFS RA are technical government officials from a broad range of disciplines, including Agronomy, Engineering and Economics. Other potential users include international organizations, universities, NGOs and private sector operators.
The RA is being designed so as to be implementable within a six-month period, including in contexts with limited data, skills and resources.
An interim draft of the BEFS Rapid Appraisal will be ready by mid 2013. Following field-testing in two countries, the RA will then be finalized by mid 2014.
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