Leveraging agroforestry for bioenergy security in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

Published on June 25, 2024 | Author: Agroforestry Network
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Biomass is often viewed as a primitive source of energy that needs to be modernized. However, it is unlikely that preferred modern energy sources will displace traditional biomass-based energy in the near term, especially in rural Africa and southeast Asia (FAO 2017). Demand for sustainably sourced biomass is likely to increase as the world moves away from fossil fuel dependence and transitions to sustainable energy sources. Agroforestry presents such opportunities for bioenergy security (García-López et. al, 2024). Sustainable biomass sourcing and use require scaling up innovative mechanisms that reduce health and climate risks, efficient energy conversion and land tenure systems that are adaptable to long term tree/shrub cultivation. Bringing biomass production closer to homes and on farms reduces drudgery and environmental risks associated with sourcing from natural forests/woodlands and is vital for food security.