Investing in Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Agrifood Sector (INVESTA)

The “Investing in Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Agrifood Sector” (INVESTA) project has developed a methodology for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of energy technologies. It complements the findings of the “Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to become Energy-Smart" report published by FAO and [...]

Improving soil health and mitigating climate change: is biochar part of the solution?

Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from burning organic material at high temperatures with little to no oxygen availability. The potential of utilizing biochar to sequester carbon in the soil and improve soil health has received considerable attention in [...]

Solar powered water pumps offer lifeline for Yemeni farmers

10/06/2020 Yemen
Rashed is particularly happy this morning. Today he and his fellow farmers have their turn to access the solar-powered water well to irrigate their farms. “I am a farmer, and agriculture is my life. One of my biggest challenges is access [...]

Linking energy, food security and health can help face COVID-19

Image credit : Jon Strand, Women at work, Malawi,  As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 continues to spread in developed and developing countries alike, not all might have the privilege of applying basic prevention measures such as physical distancing. Often living [...]

International Tea Day 2020 | Addressing climate change challenges through tea

Putting on the kettle for your afternoon tea? Sipping a cup of green tea to strengthen your immune system? Have you ever thought that changes in the way your tea is produced could be beneficial to the changing climate? A new FAO [...]

What do you want to know?

Do you see the world in numbers? Do you study charts like an art lover studies Renoir? Do you love statistics in all its forms? Well, FAO does too! When it comes to food and agriculture data, FAO is one [...]

Off-grid solar systems support the resilience of Syrian households

The ongoing crisis in Syria has severely affected rural livelihoods prompting FAO to restore energy access to households for agricultural activities. FAO aims to increase the resilience of hundreds of families by implementing egg incubators with inverter/chargers, batteries and solar photovoltaic panels [...]

What energy data do we need? Data collection and standardisation processes across organizations

What is energy data used for? What types of energy data are needed? What indicators are currently used and which methodologies do organisations use? ...and where is data stored? These questions were at the heart of the webinar "Moving towards [...]

Global Bioenergy Partnership Indicators guide UNEP study on enhancing sustainable bioenergy use in Ethiopia and Kenya

Using the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Sustainability Indicators, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) project “Building capacity for enhancing bioenergy sustainability through the use of Global Bioenergy Partnership Indicators” assessed the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy production in Ethiopia [...]

Locally-made stoves reduce the health and safety risks for women and girls

16/03/2020 Nigeria
In Maiduguri, Borno State, Bakassi is a sprawling camp for the internally displaced. Before the insurgency, it was planned as a ministerial village for government officials but today, hundreds of half-constructed red-roofed houses are home to thousands of internally displaced [...]
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