Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture
The food sector, including the supply industry, agricultural production, processing, transport, marketing and consumption, currently accounts for around 30 per cent of the world’s total energy use. The agricultural and food sector significantly contributes to global energy consumption along agricultural value chain, with primary agricultural production consuming about 20 per cent, while food processing (including transport) using around 40 per cent (FAO 2011).
The agricultural and food sector is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Consumption of these fuels increases with rising demand for food and already makes a major contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Although there are some successful examples of sustainable energy use in the agricultural and food sector, these approaches have yet to be adopted on a broad scale.
'Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture' is a global programme which aims to fill this gap. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the programme promotes equitable, sustainable and economical energy use in the agricultural and food sector.