Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS)
Smallholders and Certification
Concerns regarding the possible negative impacts of modern bioenergy development and the sustainability requirements introduced in key importing markets have led to the development of a range of voluntary standards aimed at ensuring the sustainability of bioenergy production.
While one of the goals of voluntary standards is to enhance the sustainability of bioenergy production – including from a socio-economic perspective – they might also present a disincentive for incorporating smallholders in value chains, due to greater cost and complexity. BEFS has conducted three case studies to examine the opportunities and challenges for smallholders presented by: 1) bioenergy as a new type of value chain, and by 2) bioenergy certification schemes.
The case studies were carried out in Mali, Peru and Thailand.
• Go to the BEFS report, Smallholders in Global Bioenergy Value Chains and Certification - Evidence from Three Case Studies.
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