Projects and Activities

Energy is a subject that touches on a number of aspects of FAO’s work. Many of the organization’s activities are already directly or indirectly connected to better energy efficiency; increased energy diversification; and improved access to modern energy services as means to achieve more sustainable use of energy in agrifood systems. The projects below include current FAO work focused on energy-related issues from the policy support to national implementation.


The Energy-Food-Water Nexus

An integrated approach to explore the energy, food/land, water nexus



Bioenergy and Food Security projects (BEFS)

The BEFS Approach supports countries in developing evidence based policies derived from country level information and cross institutional dialogue involving relevant stakeholders, in order to ensure that bioenergy development fosters both food and energy security, and that it contributes to agricultural and rural development in a climate-smart way 



Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Secretariat

FAO is a founding Partner of GBEP and hosts its Secretariat since its establishment in 2006


Pilot testing of indicators for sustainable bioenergy in targeted developing countries

FAO is piloting in Colombia and Indonesia the sustainability indicators for bioenergy that were developed by GBEP with the significant contribution of FAO


Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES)

Research and promotion of IFES concepts: agricultural systems that produce both food and energy at the same time


Aquatic Biofuels Working Group (ABWG)

The ABWG is reviewing the state of knowledge on bioenergy from microalgae and fish oil with a view toward its relevance and potential applications in developing countries


Solar PV systems, solar fridges and cold store rooms in rural areas

FAO is working on the installation of solar systems for storing vaccines for livestock, fish or agricultural products in rural areas with no or unreliable electricity grid


Safe Access to Firewood and alternative Energy (SAFE)

FAO’s work on SAFE aims to increase resilience in disaster-prone areas, and support the transition from emergency to rehabilitation through a focus on the environment and natural resources management, and livelihood activities

Sustainable Bioenergy Support Package

Bioenergy can contribute to mitigating climate change and diversifying energy options. It can be an important part of energy-smart food systems. Many view bioenergy as a means to enhance energy security, promote rural development and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, bioenergy production, and liquid biofuel production in particular, carries some risks. Concerns have been raised about the sustainability of bioenergy production, especially its impact on land use, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions, land rights and food security. To promote an integrated approach to bioenergy, and particularly biofuel, development, FAO has elaborated a set of instruments that make up the FAO Support Package to Decision-Making for Sustainable Bioenergy.

last updated:  Tuesday, May 7, 2013