Knowledge for Development

Bioenergy, food security and poverty reduction: Mitigating trade-offs and promoting synergies along the water-energy-food security nexus


Date: 31/12/2014


An analytical framework to assess the track record of policy actions to encourage modern bioenergy innovation in order to achieve multiple-win outcomes in terms of poverty alleviation, improved health, gender empowerment and environmental sustainability is presented. Modern bioenergy is a core ingredient of sustainable economic development and could play an important role in poverty reduction and green growth. Managing the multiple trade-offs among bioenergy use, agricultural productivity, and ecosystem functions is a major development challenge. According to Alisher Mirzabaev and colleagues of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany, addressing this challenge requires the identification of the drivers, trade-offs and impacts of bioenergy production, trade and use in the water-energy-food security nexus.   

(ZEF, 08/2014)

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