NEW: Lessons from 26 case studies to guide countries towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Rubber from dandelions to cosmetics from seaweed - Lessons from 26 case studies  With almost 50 countries placing the promotion of the bioeconomy on their political agenda through visions, strategies and action plans, FAO’s new publication “Towards sustainable bioeconomy: lessons learned from [...]

Uruguay identifies cross-ministerial collaboration as key in its National Bioeconomy Strategy

07/05/2019 Uruguay
An inception workshop to develop Uruguay’s National Bioeconomy Strategy took place in Montevideo on 4 April 2019. The multi-stakeholder group of participants represented several government ministries interested in both the National Bioeconomy Strategy and the development of the country’s circular economy. The [...]

Clean energy solutions in Tanzania - Supporting the dairy sector with biogas-powered milk chillers

02/05/2019 United Republic of Tanzania
Tanzania’s dairy sector is based on traditional farming systems consisting of grazing on mostly communal land. Only 12 percent of the 2.5 billion litres of milk produced in Tanzania each year is sold through small-scale milk traders and collective bulking [...]

Sustainable bioenergy policies for climate action - country cases for Cote d’Ivoire, Malawi, the Philippines and Turkey

The four recently published case studies, described below, focus on different forms of bioenergy and detail the steps needed to build country level evidence to support bioenergy policy formulation. The case studies use the  Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Rapid [...]

Capacity building in West Africa – FAO trainings on the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) sustainability indicators in Togo and Ghana

FAO’s Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) team in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) recently completed a four-month project to enhance the use of bioenergy in Togo and Ghana, funded by [...]

Using bioenergy to promote food and energy security for agricultural and rural development in Rwanda

14/03/2019 Rwanda
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Environment signed an agreement to implement two projects; one to identify bioenergy options suitable to the Rwandan context and the other on water governance, water accounting [...]

Jamaica’s University of Technology follows an online course on the 'BEFS Approach'

13/02/2019 Jamaica
The Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach was developed by FAO to support countries in developing evidence based sustainable bioenergy policies and strategies. This increases food and energy security and contributes to agricultural and rural development around the world. As part [...]

Producing energy from rice by-products in Côte d’Ivoire

Globally, Rice production accounts for 5% of GHG emissions from the agriculture, forestry and other land use sector. Integrated approaches linking climate-smart agriculture and bioenergy, supported by a strong GHG monitoring system, can reduce emissions. An FAO project to reduce emissions [...]

FAO promotes solar and fuel efficient technologies among internally displaced people in northeastern Nigeria

FAO and the Borno State Ministry of Environment are offering more sustainable cooking and lighting solutions to resource-poor households in the Ngala local government area (LGA). On 22 November 2018, FAO began the distribution of lightweight fuel-efficient stoves and solar [...]

How countries are working to make their bioeconomies sustainable

Plans to pilot components of the project ‘Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy Guidelines‘ in Namibia and Uruguay are underway following the second biannual meeting of the International Sustainable Bioeconomy Working Group at FAO Headquarters. This project aims to develop sustainable bioeconomy guidelines [...]
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