Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems Work for People and Climate


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has just published the report, “Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) Work for People and Climate: An Overview”.

The study shows that producing food and energy side-by-side may offer one of the best formulas for boosting countries’ food and energy security while simultaneously reducing poverty. The report draws on specific examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as from some developed countries to show how constraints to successfully integrating production of food and energy crops can be overcome.

IFES can also be an effective approach to mitigating climate change, especially emissions stemming from land use change. Additionally, it often leads to increased land and water productivity, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing food security.

The report is available on the web.