Sustainable Energy for Food

12.06.2014 | Bonn

Symposium hosted by GIZ and DIE showcases challenges and solutions for sustainable energy use in the agriculture and food industry.

According to conservative estimates, producing food and getting it to the table accounts for around 30 per cent of the energy consumed worldwide. With demand for food on the increase and energy resources in limited supply, experts in science, business, civil society and development cooperation who work in the energy and/or food sector all face the same challenge: how can we produce more food using as little energy as possible while increasing the contribution of renewable energy sources? This GIZ-DIE symposium will show where the various stakeholders currently stand on this issue. It will also examine which energy-smart solutions exist in our agri-food systems and investigate how to accelerate their broad-based roll-out.

In his keynote address, Dr Tilman Altenburg from the German Development Institute (DIE) will explain the relevance of this topic and map out the challenges ahead. Brief inputs will look in greater depth at how much and what type of energy agri-food chains require, as well as exploring sustainable energy options for a viable food industry. The morning’s event will close with a look at innovative regional energy supply solutions and will showcase actual regional development experiences.

The topic of energy and food is now firmly on the international cooperation agenda. Several donors, including BMZ, launched the international initiative Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development (PAEGC) in June 2012. The afternoon session will focus on the initiative’s goals and how it intends to achieve them. The session will also showcase the online wiki platform Powering Agriculture, where you can find information, share knowledge and engage in exchange with your colleagues. This will be followed by three parallel working groups that will focus on specific aspects in more depth.

Please register using the online form. The number of places is limited. You will receive confirmation in early June. The symposium is free of charge. It will be held in German; translation into English will be available.

Symposium venue and time

Deutsche Welle
Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse 3
53113 Bonn, Germany

Thursday, 12 June 2014, 9:00 – 17:00



Laura Jakobeit
Phone: +49 228 24934-153