Regional: Supporting National and Private Sector Capacities in Sustainable Agricultural and Bioenergy Investments
The effectiveness and overall productivity of agri-food value chains is increasingly dependent on the availability and efficient use of natural resources such as water, land, materials, and biomass used for energy production. Compared to other energy sources, bioenergy – if properly managed - potentially offers countries many advantages, including renewed investment in the agriculture sector, new market opportunities, energy savings and reduced GHG emissions.
As part of their collaboration, FAO and EBRD have launched the“Supporting National and Private Sector Capacities in Sustainable Agricultural and Bioenergy Investments" assignment. Financed by FAO and EBRD’s Special Shareholder Fund, the project aims at supporting decision-making related to bioenergy investment in three countries of operations of the EBRD: Ukraine, Turkey and Egypt. The project will provide the EBRD and other investors with improved tools for the identification of priority investments, initial country level results on sustainable bioenergy potential, and capacity building.
Activities will build on the work already carried out by FAO through the development of the Sustainable Bioenergy Support Package. The support package of FAO includes two complementary tools: the Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Rapid Appraisal and the BEFS Operator Level tool. The BEFS Rapid Appraisal allows countries to get an initial understanding of their sustainable bioenergy potential while integrating food security considerations and requirements. The BEFS Operator Level Tool, allows countries to identify risks and benefits from land-based bioenergy investments. These two tools are complementary and are typically used in sequence in order to inform and support decision-making related to bioenergy developments. In addition to bioenergy, both tools are relevant for agricultural development as a whole.
Main activities will focus on:
• Normative work (upgrading/improvement of the tools):
- Customise FAO’s tools to EBRD needs in terms of applicability to the three selected countries, in particular for what concerns data, country context and investment options.
• Technical assistance at country level:
- Implement and disseminate the BEFS Rapid Appraisal in Egypt and Turkey to obtain a preliminary indication of the sustainable bioenergy potential in these countries;
- Apply the BEFS Operator Level Tool to selected EBRD projects in Turkey, Egypt and Ukraine.
• Capacity development:
- Conduct awareness-raising and technical trainings for country and external stakeholders on the application of the BEFS Operator Level Tool and the BEFS Rapid Appraisal and on the interpretation of their results.
Irini Maltsoglou; Irini.Maltsoglou@fao.org