Now available: FAO guidelines for bioenergy development

Bioenergy development and use should not undermine food security. This was stressed by a top U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official at the March 5 launch of the agency’s new tools to help countries maximize the potential of bioenergy.

The new tools are designed for use by government agencies and policymakers. They include a suite of guidance documents on how to assess the social, economic and environmental impact of bioenergy projects, a set of policy measures for sustainable bioenergy development, and a compilation of good practices.

These tools were developed through FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators Project, which was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.

Alexander Mueller, FAO assistant director-general for natural resources management and environment said the timely release of the new tools comes ahead of a major U.N. conference on sustainable development in June.

“Development of bioenergy must be carefully managed, and meeting social goals like sustainable rural development, poverty alleviation and food security should be guiding principles,” Mueller noted. 

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