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 [...]

Solar irrigation in Senegal: costs and benefits

26/11/2018 Senegal
  We’re all aware of the environmental and long-term financial benefits of solar power – solar power is now being used to irrigate the land but what are the actual costs and benefits of solar irrigation systems? A recently published FAO study applied [...]

Zambia tackles challenges related to biomass energy

01/11/2018 Zambia
Lusaka: New TCP to support development of sustainable energy sector.  Current statistics indicate that 77 percent of Zambia’s primary energy relies on traditional biomass, with only 4.4 percent of the rural population having access to electricity. This is compounded by the fact [...]

Bioenergy and bioeconomy: working together to put planning into action

The joint International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 43 and FAO workshop on sustainable landscape management for bioenergy and the bioeconomy marked an important collaboration between FAO and IEA. It was a first step towards placing the discussion on biomass [...]

United Nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in Bangladesh

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh - Families living in the world's largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders that are part of a United Nations project to protect the environment and build resilience [...]

Producing energy from rice straw: an alternative to burning crop residues in India

09/07/2018 India
When the crops are harvested and the rice is threshed, what happens to the left overs of these valuable crops? Crop residues that are often just burnt can be used for various purposes including feeding livestock and producing energy. They [...]

FAO calls for global coordination for a bioeconomy that leaves no one behind

Bio products can improve access to food and, if produced sustainably, help address climate change Berlin - If done right, in particular with and for family farmers, bioeconomy can help efforts to tackle pressing global problems such as hunger, poverty and [...]

Positive prospects for solar-powered irrigation systems

Rome - Solar powered irrigation systems are now an affordable and climate-friendly technology for both large and small-scale farmers in developing countries.  But they need to be adequately managed and regulated to avoid the risk of unsustainable water use, FAO stressed [...]

International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-scale Agriculture and Water Management 12-13 April 2018

16/03/2018 Italy
The International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management will bring together key stakeholders from the water, energy, agriculture and rural development sectors, to engage in a debate and establish a community of practice on solar technologies in [...]
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