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IRENA, FAO agree to boost use of renewables including bioenergy

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have confirmed their continued commitment to accelerating the deployment of renewable energy technologies in agri-food, fisheries and forestry chains and sustainable bioenergy through the signature of a collaboration agreement.

Signed by FAO director-general Qu Dongyu and IRENA director-general Francesco La Camera in a virtual meeting on 12 January, the new memorandum of understanding aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of the food and agriculture sectors by boosting the use of renewables and bioenergy while fostering climate action and resilience.

“Renewable energy is essential for agri-food systems transformation, climate resilience, and net-zero strategies,” said Qu Dongyu of FAO.

“Through our collaboration, we aim to generate and share knowledge, innovative products and technologies, as well as data and information. This agreement will allow us to strengthen the role of renewable energy within FAO’s initiatives.”

Francesco La Camera of IRENA commented: “Renewables in agri-food systems are central to any sustainable support strategy for inclusive rural development.

“Renewables enhance food and water security, drive industrial productivity, and offer much needed socio-economic benefits in recovering from COVID-19. By combining our organisations’ knowledge, we can contribute to economic growth around the world – ensuring access to clean and affordable energy and raising the standard of living of rural and most vulnerable communities.”