Bioenergy, Bioeconomy and Food Security Project


bioenergy, food security, poverty reduction, WEF Nexus, innovation


China, Ethiopia, India


Modern bioenergy is at the heart of sustainable economic development, as it plays an important role in poverty reduction and green growth. This makes bioenergy innovations critical, especially in the developing countries, where households and communities have substantially higher reliance on traditional bioenergy. Therefore, a fundamental research problem is how to frame this reliance on biomass without undermining the long-term productivity of agriculture and the continued provision of ecosystems functions. Addressing this challenge requires to identify the drivers and impacts of bioenergy production, trade and use. The key objective of the proposed research is to provide with an analytical framework and empirical evidence for policy actions to stimulate modern bioenergy adoptions and innovations in order to achieve multiple-win outcomes in terms of poverty reduction, energy, water and food security, improved health and gender equity.


The research activities of the project are based on national case studies in Ethiopia, India and China. This research program makes use of econometric and modeling approaches in its analysis. Modelling approaches are also used for accounting for spillover effects of bioenergy development at various scales.

Main Funding Partners

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Duration of the Project

2013 - 2014

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Alisher Mirzabaev

PD Dr. Alisher Mirzabaev


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