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News, Publications & Announcements - Bioenergy

May 2007
Global Bioenergy Partnership web site launched today
Promotes information sharing on bioenergy

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May 2007
UN weighs impact of bioenergy
Comprehensive report offers policy framework for decision makers

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April 2007
FAO Committee on Commodities to review impact of oil prices and biofuels
Appropriate trade policy reform can lead to poverty reduction

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March 2007
FAO Bioenergy and food security project

The FAO Bioenergy and Food Security project, launched in January 2007, will work to mainstream food security concerns into assessments of bioenergy potential. Analysis and field activities will be targeted to support sustainable rural development and food security initiatives. A core project team, a Task Force, and an inter-disciplinary group of FAO technical staff will provide expertise and guidance over the three-year life of the project in collaboration with a number of external partners. Country selection criteria are currently under development based on country typology, food security context, biomass potential and farming systems, agro-ecological zones. Work is also underway to to provide longer-term technical guidance, particularly in terms of land and resource use modelling, as well as incorporate inputs on commodity markets and trade from FAO experts. These will assist countries to assess their comparative advantage in the field of bioenergy. A study on bioenergy legislation is also underway, to clarify the differences between policy and legal frameworks in a number of countries. The project will also benefit from the FAO Technical Consultation on Bioenergy and Food Security, planned for mid-April 2007.

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May 2006
Introducing the International Bioenergy Platform (IBEP)

The International Bioenergy Platform (IBEP) is being presented to the international community in the energy, agriculture and environment sectors as a mechanism for organizing and facilitating a multidisciplinary and global approach. IBEP is expected to provide analysis and information for policy and decision-making support; to build and strengthen institutional capacity at all levels; to enhance access to energy services from sustainable bioenergy systems; and to facilitate opportunities for effective international exchange and collaboration. Four out of five people without electricity in the world live in the rural areas of developing countries. In many African, Asian and Latin American countries, rural women have to carry around 20 kg of fuelwood for kilometres every day. In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 92 percent of the rural population is without electricity.The number of people living on less than US$1/day is about the same as the number of those lacking access to commercial energy: two thousand million people. Extending an electricity supply grid to remote households in a rural setting can mean costs of up to US$0.70 per kilowatt-hour, seven times the cost of providing electricity in an urban area. In this context, the availability of more bioenergy in its two main forms — wood ...

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