Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Africa


The workshop was organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Japan Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS).
This workshop took place in conjunction with the International Conference on Powering Agriculture, which aimed to enhance renewable energy solutions for agricultural development, organized by the German International Development Agency (GIZ) and the United States Agency for International Development(USAID).

In rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, solid bioenergy is the main source of energy for cooking and heating for up to 90 percent of the population. Due to growing demands on food and energy from population growth, coupled with the increasing frequency of natural disasters and climate change, it has become more challenging for rural communities in Sub Saharan Africa to meet their own food, energy and development needs.

This has substantial implications for poverty alleviation as well as for environmental protection, including forests, ecosystems and biological diversity within the region. Various innovative technologies to produce renewable bioenergy, which promote the sustainable use of locally-available resources without disrupting food and water supply, are affordable and efficient and have been emerging within the region. This workshop aims to exchange best practices and tools and establish a sound knowledge basis for policy makers and development practitioners, including private sector actors, non-governmental organizations and researchers.

The workshop focused on three themes (1) Sustainable Rural Biomass Supply, (2) Biomass-to-Energy Innovations, and (3) Tools for Enhanced Bioenergy Sustainability. At the end of the workshop, a panel discussion on the creation of enabling conditions for scaling-up innovation was held.

Download the workshop's agenda.
Session 1: Sustainable Rural Biomass Supply
Session 2: Biomass to Energy Innovations
Session 3: Tools for Enhanced Bioenergy Sustainability
Panel Discussion/Plenary Discussion – Creating enabling conditions for scaling-up innovation

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