Climate change, energy and food
High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy Rome, 3-5 June 2008

Bioenergy policy, markets and trade and food security

This Expert Meeting will take stock of global bioenergy policies and their nature and rationale, against a backdrop of developments that have set the scene for those policies. 

It will assess various future (cost and benefit) scenarios for the demand for energy, sources of supply, energy prices and the economics of biofuel production to meet the increasing demand for different feed-stocks, including research and development related to second generation feedstocks and technologies in various countries.

It will also assess the impact of biofuel policies and production on global commodity markets and trade, including the cumulative market impact of current/ proposed targets on future market outcomes, as well as distributional analysis of winners and losers from higher biofuel production, in both the short and long terms.

This meeting will be held jointly with the expert meeting on global perspectives on food and fuel security

DATE: 18-20 February 2008
VENUE: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy