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Investing in sustainable energy technologies in the agrifood sector (Investa) - GCP/GLO/667/GER










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    Realizing the Potential and Managing the Risks of Solar Irrigation in the Near East and North Africa - TCP/RAB/3604 2020
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    In recent years, solar irrigation has become increasingly interesting for countries as a reliable, clean-energy solution for agricultural water management, especially in areas with high-incident solar radiation. As investment costs for solar-powered irrigation systems (SPIS) are decreasing, SPIS technologies are becoming a viable option for many farmers. In rural areas, solar irrigation can be a means to ensuring access to energy for agriculture, and possibly for other users in rural areas that lack reliable access to electricity or where diesel fuel is expensive. Some countries are promoting SPIS in the framework of national action plans against climate change, as a way of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agriculture. The conditions for SPIS vary from country to country, in terms of biophysical and climatic suitability, techno-economic feasibility, institutional arrangements, regulations and policy support, financing and economic viability of systems. There is now an opportunity to not simply introduce a clean-energy, climate-smart and relatively affordable technology, but to think strategically about how this technology can be used to regulate groundwater use, provide energy access to rural areas, and promote innovative investment models and organizational structures. Against this background, the project sought to strengthen institutional capacities in two target countries, Egypt and Tunisia, by learning from existing experiences to understand how to promote and regulate the use of SPIS, and fostering policy dialogue across sectors to ensure a coordinated approach to SPIS, with the overall aim of improving natural resources management and encouraging low-emission and climate-smart agriculture; as well as providing training for technical experts to act as multipliers of knowledge.
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    Policy Brief: The Case for Energy Smart Food Systems 2011
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    An interdisciplinary ‘nexus’ approach is necessary to ensure that food, energy and climate are jointly addressed, trade-offs considered, and appropriate safeguards are put in place. These issues will not be addressed through a single initiative. Because of its importance, scope and complexity, this challenge must be met through participation of a broad constituency of interested parties. This demands a multi partner international effort to implement energy-smart solutions in a non fragmented and cost effective way. Within this context, FAO proposes setting up an “Energy Smart’ Food for People and Climate” Multi-Partner Programme to be launched in 2012. The aim of the Programme is to address the energy dimension in relation to food security and energy poverty and should be seen as an essential component to climate-smart agriculture.
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    Opportunities for Agri-Food Chains to become Energy-Smart 2015
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    The world’s agri-food supply chains are being challenged. For several decades, the production, processing and distribution of food have been highly dependent on fossil fuel inputs (the exception being subsistence farmers who use only manual labor and perhaps animal power to produce food for their families that is then usually cooked on inefficient biomass cook-stoves). There has also been an ever growing demand for food as the world population grows, along with the increasing demand for higher p rotein diets. As a result, the agri-food production and processing sector has become a major producer of greenhouse gases (GHGs) This report aims to assist actors along the value chains, policy makers and other stakeholders in the agri-food industry to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, reduce related greenhouse gas emissions, and become more resilient to possible future climate change impacts. Findings also show that the current dependence on fossil fuel inputs by the agri-food indust ry results in around seven to eight percent of GHG emissions. These emissions can be reduced by both improved energy efficiency along the agri-food chain and the deployment of renewable energy systems to displace fossil fuels. Various co-benefits identified - improved health, time saving, reduced drudgery, water savings, increased productivity, improved soil quality and nutrient values, biodiversity protection, food security, and better livelihoods and quality of life - should be taken into acco unt in any related policy development. As well, potential trade-offs also need to be carefully considered, in particular the use of more packaging materials to increase the shelf life of food products and ensuring that clean energy solutions do not compromise food production and food security. Moreover, what may be a suitable solution for an industrialized corporate farming system may not apply to a small family or subsistence farming systems. The challenge is to meet growing energy demands with low-carbon energy systems and to use the energy efficiently throughout the production, transport, processing, storage and distribution of food that takes into account the diversity of food production conditions.

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