Sustainable and circular bioeconomy for food systems transformation

FAO's work for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy

FAO provides policy guidance and technical support to assist policymakers in establishing and implementing national and regional strategies, action plans, and programmes to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris agreement and other Multilateral Environmental Agreements.

A bioeconomy harnesses the power of bioscience and biotechnology to address different challenges; providing food, feed, wood-products and furniture, paper, bio-based textiles, bio-chemicals, bio-plastics, bio-pharmaceuticals and bio-energy for a growing population while preserving our natural resources.

At the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in 2015, 62 Agricultural Ministers from all over the world highlighted the  importance of developing a sustainable bioeconomy, and  FAO was called on to coordinate international work on bioeconomy to enhance food and nutrition security worldwide.

What is the bioeconomy?

The bioeconomy is the production, utilization, conservation, and regeneration of biological resources, including related knowledge, science, technology, and innovation, to provide sustainable solutions (information, products, processes and services) within and across all economic sectors and enable a transformation to a sustainable economy. (Global Bioeconomy Summit Communiqué, 2020)

 

Did you know?

Food systems occupy the biggest niche of the bioeconomy. In the European Union, for instance, food systems, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, as well as food and feed manufacturing, account for 71% of all value added in a bioeconomy, followed by around 28% for bio-products, and the remainder for bioenergy.

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